Splinters of a Broken Closet: Coming Out to Dad at 18

The first and last time we ever spoke about my sexuality

Liam Heitmann-Ryce
Jul 14, 2020 · 4 min read
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came out the first time in an email. This was nearly seven years ago, late July 2013, and I had just lost my virginity to a guy. Which wasn’t a mistake, I wish to note — scribbling in my 16-year-old’s journal on the flight over from England to Australia, I quite specifically…