A gay teen is being blackmailed by his brother, forced to break up with his boyfriend and date girls.
Posting on Reddit, a 15-year-old shared his horrific story asking for help dealing with his religious older brother that has promised to out him to his parents if he doesn’t do what he says.
‘My brother found out that I’m gay by looking through my phone and reading texts between me and my boyfriend,’ he said.
‘He confronted me about it and said that I had to break up with my boyfriend and start dating girls or he’ll tell my parents about me and tell my boyfriend’s parents about him. He screenshotted my texts and some pictures from my phone and have it saved somewhere.
‘I’ve been going along with it for a while, I broke up with my boyfriend and I’ve even gone on a couple of dates with a girl, but that didn’t really go very well. I tried talking to my brother about it but he just said that he’s trying to help me and that one day I’ll realize that this is the best thing for me and that he’s doing it out of love.
‘I’ve considered just telling my parents but I know they’d just send me away to one of those pray the gay away camps or they would just kick me out.
‘I’ve been trying to just go along with it but I feel horrible about going out with girls when I know that I’ll never truly like them in that way and I really, really miss my ex-boyfriend. I tried meeting him once secretly but my brother found out somehow (I have no idea how he found out about it) and was really close to telling my parents. He’s convinced that he’s doing the right thing but I don’t think I can keep doing this anymore and I have no clue what I should do.’
People came to his advice, with many suggesting that he gets a female friend that is willing to pose as a girlfriend until the time comes that he can get out of the homophobic household.
One Redditor asked: ‘Who do you have that you can talk to so you’re not dealing with this situation all by yourself? Are there friends you can trust? Maybe a school counselor?’
The teen replied: “’ have a friend who knows, but I’m not allowed to talk to her anymore. I don’t trust my school counselor, she’s very conservative religious and known for being very quick to involve parents in a students private life.’ He adds that his boyfriend’s parents ‘might be even more conservative than my parents. If it was just about me it wouldn’t be as bad, but the fact that he can out my ex as well makes everything a 100 times worse.’