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My Story to Macarena and Barbara
  • juliantina
  • barbaralopez
  • juliantinas
  • macabeso
Palm Harbor, FL, USA
For Macarena Achaga and Barbara LopezMacarena and Barbara:My name is Umeko Thomas, I’m 32 years old and I live in Florida. I came on here because I wanted to share my story with you. This is very difficult to write so bare with me. I was born and raised in Texas to middle class parents. I was like most kids growing up, I was learning and growing and trying to find my way in this world. I struggled with keeping friends, my self esteem was very low, my father was abusive to me verbal, physically and emotionally, and I had thought about taking my own life a few times. I struggled with depression but not knowing it at the time, saw counselors and just tried to navigate my way through. Had a boy in my life I knew since I was 5 and he helped me through, we were in love and trying to figure out what that meant. I moved to Florida at age 16 in 2003. Young and naive trying to find my place in life, make friends and still grow as a person. I graduated high school, went to college, struggled through my 20s with so many things and then something happened at age 25 I met a girl named Veronica who changed my world forever. The way we met was similar to how Juliana and Valentina met. Veronica  approached me in class which at the time I wasn’t looking for friends or anyone just trying to focus on school. Somehow she grew on me and we became friends and eventually I found myself falling in love with her. I’ll admit at first I was scared, wondering what people would think if this came out, how she would react, this is right, I feel disgusted with myself, you name it I thought it. So we stopped talking for a year and I realized then I loved her which caused me to be depressed cause I couldn’t talk to her I couldn’t do anything expect see her and be in pain knowing it was over. I had a friend that got me through it but the pain was still there. In 2013 my grandfather died of dementia and I went to Brooklyn New York for the funeral. When I came home she contacted me and the way I felt was so many emotions but I told her how I felt which she said she didn’t feel the same. We hung out for 4 weeks and we got closer and she even tried to kiss me on the 4th of July. Then she left and moved to NJ which is where she cut me off again and I spent the next three years depressed over her not knowing what to do. So I went back to counseling, got a job, hung out with friends and tried to live my life. Then I saw this show you two were on and it hit me like a ton of bricks with emotion. The acting, storyline, and all of it was amazing  and it made me think of Veronica and I But no happy ending. You two changed my life in more ways I can’t explain. You two are the reason I came out for the 2nd time to my mom and she accepts me. I still hide myself from some family and  acquaintances cause they won’t understand and honestly I don’t expect them to. I’m still learning and  navigating  what coming out means and it’s a process but I am comfortable with who I am and in my skin for time in my life and I owe it to you two. I hope one day I can tell you this in person but if not now you know. oh and Macarena I am Umeko from the billboard video I sent. I also have two twitter pages one is @umekothomas and other is @umekothomas10 and on IG I’m @umekothomas. Thank you for allowing me to share my story. Umeko Thomas #juliantina #macabeso #juliantinas #barbaralopez
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