Tonight I attended the Matis Fireside in Lehi. I hadn't been to one before.
I wish I could describe how amazing it felt to be in an LDS type of setting and feel nothing but acceptance. I didn't have to hide who I am or make excuses. Before they even asked my name, Brother and Sister Matis welcomed me with a hug and told me how glad they were that I was there. Coming from a kind of parental figure, this was incredible to me. I haven't told my parents because I am so afraid of what their reaction will be.
For that hour or so, I was free. I was among friends. I was safe. And I actually felt the Spirit touch my heart. I don't remember when the last time that happened was.
It was wonderful to hear Camille Fronk Olsen speak (she's the reason I decided to go...I really like her books).
It was so good to meet other people who are on the same path as me and feel their support. I needed this today.