Family is Hard Won

AnnaBell Chapa, CCWF
Many family members deny you when you come to prison. My relationship with my sister-in-law, for example, is very shaky. Her son came out at his high-school graduation to 200 people. He told them that talking with me (I was telling him that he should be who he is) and reading my letters was what convinced him to come out of the closet. His mom still blames me.
In spite of being in prison, my mom and my nephew don?t judge me for being a lesbian, nor for messing up my life the way I did. My time goes by easier when I receive loving letters and feel the unconditional love, not to mention a visit, from my mom.