I've come to terms with myself recently that I'm bisexual, but I think I may be all-out lesbian. I've only felt real feelings towards one or two girls in my life and no guys-- so.
My parents are also very homophobic too-- they use 'gay' and 'queer' like they're insults. I'm scared of what they'll think when I decide to tell them.
I don't know what to do. I'm lost. :(
Becca: When it comes to parents, I think being gradual is key. I completely understand you not wanting to come out to them right now, but you may want to eventually, and it will probably go better with gradual introduction. The next time your parents use gay as an insult or describe someone who doesn’t conform to traditional gender roles as “queer”, call them out— as politely as possible. Say something like “just because that boy likes pink, doesn’t make him queer, or anything else” or “gay refers to homosexual people, not stupid things.” Your parents may not take this well, but in time they may come to see it as something you care about it, and try to be less offensive out of regard for you, if nothing else. Then come out to them as an ally. Tell them you don’t condone violence against LGBTQ people. They can’t really fault you there, even if they don’t support equal rights and inclusivity for LGBTQ people. Hopefully they’ll come around eventually.
As far as your personal identity, no pressure! No one can say what label, if any, fits best for you. Don’t feel you have to have a label just because many people do. It’s fine for you just to like whoever you like. However, if this is something you want to “figure out,” no one can really know but you. And if you identify as bisexual now, and later decide you’re a lesbian (or visa versa), that’s okay. Try to remain open and not rush into labeling your feelings.
Lastly, school. School can be tricky. Although there are no openly LGBTQ people at your school, I’d be willing to bet there are some closeted people. Since you worry that coming out might mean people treating you differently, right now I’d focus on building strong, genuine friendships with people. That way, when and if you’d like to confide in someone, you have people available. Hopefully these friends will care about you for who you are, and not your sexuality. Best of luck, and remember, high school doesn’t last forever. As we say, it gets better.