I am 25 and have dated several guys and was engaged (my ex-fiancé and I broke up 13 days before the wedding). But I've had a secret for as long as I can remember that has made it hard to have a successful relationship. I am gay. I recently began dating a female friend I got very close to while I was still with my ex. I knew my relationship was falling apart and she was someone I could talk to about it. No lines were crossed, but feelings started developing on both our parts. I am extremely happy with her but it's hard because I can't tell the majority of people I am close to (mainly my family). I was able to tell 2 friends and my brother and it was received well, but I don't think it will go that smoothly with anyone else. It took my best friend awhile because we have been friends since birth and I didn't tell her until this past winter. My family is very religious and anytime I mention same-sex relationships they have derogatory comments to make. They have even told me that they would rather me come home pregnant than gay. I live with them currently and have a great relationship with them. I am saving up to build a cabin on the family property (31 acres of farm land). I worry that I will lose all of that if I tell them. But I feel like I am losing myself in the process of not telling them. I want to be proud of my relationship with my girlfriend instead of feeling like I have to hide who I am. I don't know what to do tho. And even if I decided to tell them I have no idea how I would go about it. Any advice woud be appreciated!