But they are far less accepting of her, often invisible, disabilities — and sometimes even hostile. I am not sure that I had a true moment of realisation when it comes to being gay; it is just something I have always been. Being aware of my disabilities was also gradual — I had a lot of problems with my hearing as a baby, including my eardrums bursting on a number of occasions. I am not profoundly deaf and, obviously, can hear more with my hearing aids in, although they only make things louder, not clearer.
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In the media we hear about coming out as a life altering moment, an announcement that everyone hears. Coming out was never black and white. Certain friends or family members begin distancing themselves from you, some might outright reject you.