yesterday i had kids stay for tutoring and, unless they really need it, i basically run my tutoring as a study hall/catch up space, so i was at my desk and doing my own thing and some kids were chatting
this one kid is gay and out, and he’s talking to another kid and trying to convince him to admit that he’s gay as well, and the other kid is just denying, denying, denying. and like, i don’t know either way, can’t really tell if the other kid is or not, but the first kid was like, “just be confident with your identity! it only took me a couple months to be okay with mine!”
and without even thinking, i kind of blurted, “it took me 35 years to figure out mine.”
now i’m not really out to my kids, but i’m not really not. i just don’t really bring it up and i wear my bi pin on my lanyard. kids who know what it is recognize it and those who don’t just think it’s a pretty pin (which it is, the bi pride colors are the prettiest). i didn’t make an announcement at the beginning of the year or anything. but everything stopped for like 4 seconds and this one girl was like, “your identity? what are you?”
and another girl was like, “you’re bi, aren’t you?” so i nodded. “i KNEW IT!”
and then everyone went back to work like it was nothing.
honestly, why can’t coming out just be this easy all the time? with people who just accept you and move on? so anyway, that’s the story of how i came out to about 8 students and nobody batted an eye