This is what happend to me...
About 3 years ago on my 22nd B-day, I came out to my family, knowing full well what they believe. I grew up as a mormon, even went on a church mission. I came out to my immediate family only cause they were the only ones I cared about enough to go through some pain with. My father kicked me out of the house and I was actually shocked that he did, I just thought they were going to get real stern and be controlling for a while. After my family expressed their feelings, I told them that I loved them and would always Love them. Just lik God wants us to and that's how I was raised. Over the next year I struggled with people telling me to fogetd about my parents, just like they did to me. I kept telling people, " Why would I, a believer in God, who has taught me to Love unconditionally, turn my back on those that turned theirs on me?" I stood up for my family repeated amounts of time and am glad I did. Growing up my mother and I were very close. Best friends! When she went with my fathers decision I lost that great friendship.
My mom and I had continued to talk over the next year and a half because I was persistant in keeping in contact with my family so they knew I was still the same person they had raised, just with a minor "label" attatched.
I was asked by my mom to go to dinner a couple of days before my B-day to talk about somethings, just like any other friday lunch or dinner that we would arrange every month or so. What I didnt realize was the event that would take place that night!
I was to meet her at one of my favorite restraunts, Kyoto's, a Japanese Restraunt! Unknowingly to me I look over at a table and who do I see, My entire family.. my heart was pounding so fast I couldnt even walk, was this good or bad, I dont know but I was going to stand up for myself if needs be.
My father and mother expressed that they missed having me around. They missed my personality and constant Happiness in life. They FINALLY came around and realized I was the same person I had always been!
I was waiting patiently for almost 3 years for this day to come, and guess what I still believe in God and I still have my family. It was a lesson for both my family and I. I learned patience and perseverance, and my family learned to Love unconditionally!
I wouldnt trade the experience for the world.
My advice to you is, make sure you put yourself in a happy state first.. and then make sure your family is happy, because regardless whether its family or friends that will be family to you.. You are the only one that can make you happy! You decide your feelings and emotions! Just keep showing them who you are and Love them unconditionally!