Hi all, I wasn't quite sure where to post this, but I really need outside advice for my life. I've known that I'm gay for a long time, but I never acknowledged it as I come from a tiny town. When I moved to university in the fall, I 'let' myself admit that I was bisexual, because I thought that it would be easier for others to accept. In January, I just got tired of lying to everyone, including myself, and admitted that I was gay. I told my parents and my brothers, and they all seem okay with it, but I haven't seen any of them since Christmas (I haven't seen my brothers for even longer because they live away). I wish I had told them in person, but I was worried that the words wouldn't come out, so I called them all to tell them. It's caused me a lot of stress though, because I was so worried that they would all reject me, particularly my parents because they're very religious. I'm doing very poorly in university this semester because of how stressed I was/am, I'm having a lot of trouble sleeping at night, and I've been trying very hard to make up for the things that I've missed, but a new factor is prevalent now: loneliness. I've been to counseling to try and get a hand with sorting myself out, but it hasn't done much good. I've never so much as had a kiss before because of how much I restrained myself. Now I'm just really frustrated romantically because I see my friends with their boyfriends or girlfriends and I want that intimacy that they have with their significant others. There's one guy that I've had a strong infatuation with for months, and I want to just get to know him, but he seems incredibly disinterested in me. My stomach does a flip when I see him, and every aspect of him seems great. I don't just mean physically, but his personality as well. I won't use his name, but I'll call him 'L'. In an effort to get over him, I tried focusing on another person, 'T'. I don't know if that seems pointless, but it seemed to work for a time. As it turns out, T has had a crush on L for a very long time, and they got together a while ago. I tried to be happy for them, but then they broke up and T is taking it very hard. T seems like such a great guy, and our mutual friends think we might have a shot, but he's just hung up on L and I don't know the first thing about initiating any kind of relationship besides platonic. I've been told L is an asshole, but from what I've seen on the rare times when I speak with him, he isn't. I'm sorry if you think that this is melodramatic on my part, but I genuinely don't know what to do. I guess, in summary, what I want to know is this: how do I cope with loneliness? How do I deal with this kind of frustration and stress? Any kind of advice would be greatly appreciated.