It's been a few months since I wrote my blogs on coming out (and did the actual coming out) to my parents. I generally tend to avoid going too personal on these things but since I got such support in the first two blogs I thought I'd post an update and reflect on them myself.
My mum and step-dad were absolutely fine with the whole thing, and I subsequently came out to my older step-sister and cousin, who were both chuffed to be honest.
My dad and step mum were also okay with it, but things were a bit strange with them and we didn't talk as much. I've only actually seen them once since but they both frequently chat to me via text and Facebook and I'm staying with them at the end of this week with none of my other siblings so that should be a good way to gauge it.
The family member I'm most worried about telling is my 10 year old brother. We've always been extremely close and he's always really, really looked up to me. I've accepted that being gay isn't something to be ashamed of, and I'm not anymore, but I'm really just hoping that, despite him only being ten it won't affect our future relationship as he gets older.
My boyfriend came out to his mum, who was fine with it, but less supportive than my mother was. I'm going staying with him for a week in June, and he's staying with me for a while in August, by which point I'll have had to tell my brother and sister (less worried about sister - from having been at school with me for years she knows, but has never had it confirmed.)
I've also become a lot more confident about the whole thing. I've recently started a new job and found myself quite easily being able to tell my colleagues that I'm gay. Not in a scream-and-shout about it kind of way, just casually so they have no misconceptions about me.
I've also (with the help of Gonzyy) designed my first tattoo which I've been searching for, for a number of years, as significant to the last 12 months of my life, which has been pretty monumental. I've printed it out and have it up 3 times on my bedroom wall. If I can still bear it at the end of summer I'm getting that done in September.
All in all, not bad