That’s so great that you’ve been able to find acceptance and understanding of yourself. I know it can be a confusing path, especially if you have people in your life that you’re not sure how they’ll react. My family was not supportive of me when I came out. It took a long time for that to change, little by little, but it has got a lot better. I was really hurt by their responses and felt abandoned at a time when I really needed them.
The biggest thing that helped me was to connect with people in the gay community who could understand what I was going through. I reached out to services like Qlife (qlife.org.au) to find some social and support groups that I could go to and there I made a group of friends that I felt at home with. They were a great support to me and became my pseudo family at a time when I needed to feel like I belonged somewhere. Qlife is great to get in touch with because they’ll be able to tell you about lots of services, supports and social things that you can access. They also give phone and online counselling. They’d be great to talk to about your family situation because (unfortunately) its still a very common occurrence and they would be able to help you with ideas and support.
I’m sorry I can’t be of more help. It makes me sad to hear that others go through the same thing with their families. We deserve to be accepted and loved just like anyone else, don’t let anyone ever make you forget that you are precious. My group of gay friends were able to hold my hand through the worst of it and we could share our experiences openly and understand each other in ways that I never could with my straight friends. I guess cos it’s such a unique journey to take. I wish you luck.