January 26, 2007

Out to the Family

Well, here's a little crisis I haven't encountered in quite some time: I've been outed to someone in my family.

My MySpace page makes my sexual orientation pretty clear and one of my cousins recently added me as a friend.

Adding to the hilarity of this situation, he's one of the cousins my mom and dad specifically asked me not to come out to.

Apparently, they won't understand. I just can't wait to have the conversation that starts with, "You see, when two men like each other very much..."

I haven't seen this cousin in over five years. And it doesn't make that big a difference to me personally. But I guess I will have a conversation about it with my mother later just to give her the heads up. I'm not sure how she's going to react. I'll keep you posted.

Posted by Flibbertigibbet at January 26, 2007 09:23 AM | TrackBack

MySpace is dangerous really. I have two older half-siblings that I have not seen or spoken to in nearly 15 years. They are a bit older than I and live in Georgia. Well I found two nephews and a niece on MySpace. As with yours, my MySpace page makes my sexual orientation clear so I set it to private so they could not view it and then I created a dummy profile that gave nothing really intimate in terms of info and only had a few pictures. Now I have made contact with them and then found that my half-brother and half-sister both have pages as well. They were all excited to hear from me but now I'm like, what do I do when they ask why I'm not married or if I'm dating someone. I came out to my family once, I hate that I have to do it again.

Posted by: Britton at January 27, 2007 12:15 PM

When my highschool reunion was approaching, I really thought hard about hiding my profile or obscuring my sexual orientation, but the more I thought about it, the more I said, "I'm gay and that's a fact. If they have a problem with it, not telling them won't help them get over their problem and it won't help me like them any more."

Posted by: Flibby at January 27, 2007 02:05 PM

Agreed. My hs reunion was the same way. Those who cared, knew I was gay. It was a bit awkward when people would ask if I had a girlfriend or something while in a crowd of folks and I'd stumble over what to say. It's not that I care that they know, but more the worry over how they would react when I say, oh I'm gay.

Posted by: Britton at January 29, 2007 04:37 PM
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