An informal interview
I decided to ask my sister about when she came out to our parents in high school. As you can see, it was really informal, and you can pretty much see how sarcastic we are with each other. Our mom was pretty okay with it. Our dad was a different story…
Me: So, Colls, how did you handle the impossible task of informing the parentals about your homosexual tendencies? (insert cheeky grin here)
Colleen: Well, Midge, you, me, and mom were at home. I realized that I liked girls as well as boys when I was 13, Mom was still going through chemo so I didn’t want to put something else this big out there. When I was 16, I finally decided to tell her because the three of us are so close, and I couldn’t keep it from her. She was okay with it, but was convinced it was a phase. Her only stipulation was that I had to tell Dad. When I did, it wasn’t a very long conversation. As you very well know, we don’t talk about my sexuality—or yours for that matter—in front of Dad. When I got to college and got involved with Haven, Mom realized that it wasn’t just a phase. It was the real deal. She said to me, “Oh. You’re still into that?”
Me: You never told me that part.
Colleen: I thought I did. Oh well. It’s in the past. Anyway, I informed her that I was still into ‘that.’ (Insert chuckle) Now she’s all gung-ho about it.
Me: Yeah, she was going to go to Jersey City Pride by herself. She’s adorable.
Colleen: She’s too much. I came out to her again recently as pansexual, but you know how explaining things to Mommy is. I’d have to break out flashcards and big colorful posters and stuff. She gets it now. I also told her about Liz.
Me: Yeah. Way to warn me on that one. How did she take it that Liz is a trans girl?
Colleen: She’s just worried about me getting pregnant, but I reassured her that none of that is going on, since Liz is very uncomfortable with her male anatomy.
Me: And Dad?
Colleen: Again, we don’t talk about it. We haven’t spoken about my sexuality since I came out to him when I was 16. By the way, that talk will be happening over break, so be prepared, little one.
Me:…Great (me being sarcastic). Well, thanks for refreshing my memory about this. And for letting me use it for my english blog.
Colleen: Anytime, grasshopper.
So, here’s an informal interview about coming out with a little bit of sisterly love thrown in there. :)