The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Teen does not share family’s views

- Jeanne Phillips Write to Dear Abby at P.O. Box 96440, Los Angeles, CA 90069 or

Dear Abby: I’m a 16-yearold girl, and I’ve been struggling a little bit. My family is super-Christian. They believe that members of the LGBTQ community are sinful because of who they are. I do not agree.

I have a small group of friends. Two of them have come out to me as bi and gender-fluid. When my family talks about gay people, they say horrible things. I’m unsure whether I should say anything at all. Can you help me?

Keeping Quiet in California

Dear Keeping Quiet: You are free to think the way you do, and to support your friends. However, you are not likely to change the way your parents feel on this subject. Your friends have come out to you, but not to your parents. If you out them to your parents, they may forbid you from seeing those friends. In two years, you will be 18, legally an adult and more able to express your thoughts with fewer negative ramificati­ons. If I were you, I’d wait. Dear Abby: My husband was annoyed and upset by a cricket in the house. He had used insect spray, but it was still chirping, so he asked me to take care of it. I told him I didn’t know how to get rid of a cricket, since we didn’t know where it was exactly. He was banging around the utility room. I called his name and asked him where he had sprayed — no answer. I asked again. No response. I then used his full name, and he got upset that I did! He said it was disrespect­ful and that I was “treating him like a child.”

I apologized if I had hurt his feelings, but he’s still upset with me because I don’t agree it was disrespect­ful. Am I wrong?

Sad In Nevada

Dear Sad: It’s not disrespect­ful if you can’t get him to respond any other way. I don’t know what your husband’s relationsh­ip was with his mother. Perhaps she used his full name when he ignored her. The next time he tells you to take care of something you can’t handle, pick up the phone and hire a profession­al.

Dear Abby: The owner of a store I shop at every week recently posted on her Facebook page that she was having a sale because it was her birthday. I thought it was greedy and inappropri­ate, as I was always taught that it’s a breach of etiquette to announce that it’s your birthday, especially as an adult. Am I right?

Bothered in the East

Dear Bothered: You are reading too much into this. There is nothing wrong about people revealing that it’s their birthday. It doesn’t obligate anyone to fork over anything more than their good wishes. If you decide to shop the sale, all you have to do is say, “How nice! I hope you are enjoying your special day.”

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