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Girl Who Deals Coke 'Totally Understands' What It's Like For LGBT Youth to Hide a Part of Their Identities From Their Parents


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Junior Sarah Withers deals four thousand dollars' worth of coke every day. You might think she lives a glorious life of luxury and financial freedom. But, in reality, she has to keep her financial success a secret from her loved ones, and that can be hard for her.

“It’s just, like, when I see my parents and they ask how I’ve been, I can’t talk about how I’m officially a part-time student and how I control the addiction cycles of hundreds of Penn students. Instead, I have to be like, ‘Yeah, I’ve been good. Busy, but good,’” said Sarah, choking up.

Sarah likens her struggle to that of so many young queer people, who must also hide a part of their identities from their parents.

“It’s exactly like what gay people deal with,” said Sarah. “I think they and I both understand how hard this can be. But it’s okay. We are brave and strong, and we’ll get through this. Especially me, with my five hundred grand stored away in a secure, Swedish bank account.”