I'm a rising high school senior and as such, I'm in the process of writing my admissions essays. For those who don't know, this basically involves writing a short personal narrative that conveys something about yourself that make you appealing to colleges. In one of the essays I'm currently working on, the fact that I'm queer briefly comes up. It is an important part of the narrative. I am applying mainly to schools in the midwestern United States. I've checked them all extensively for LGBTQ acceptance, and they all meet my standards. I am confident that homophobia will not impact my admission decisions. However, I'm not out to my parents. I've already told them that I don't want their help with editing/writing my essays because they're too personal (regardless of whether or not I mention the LGBTQ thing). I may have to come out to one or two teachers to get help with my essay, but I'm comfortable doing that. Can I mention it in my essay without outing myself to my parents? Is it even a good idea to include it?