He accidentally came out as bisexual to his son and friends while discussing queer music artists. He chose honesty, sparking a valuable conversation about identity and acceptance. Reddit users praised his decision, highlighting the importance of open family discussions on these topics.
An LGBTQ+ Friendly Environment
Mike and his wife have always fostered an LGBTQ+-friendly environment at home.
He Didn’t Explicitly Discuss His Bisexuality
While Mike had never explicitly discussed his own bisexuality with his kids, he believes his two older kids aged 17 and 19, know that he is not just interested in women.
The story began when Mike was dropping off his youngest son, Zach, aged 15, along with his friends Ryan and Cory.
As Mike drove the boys to summer soccer practice, they began discussing the new queer music artists they enjoyed listening to.
The Queer Song
When they mentioned Troye Sivan and his song “Bloom,” Mike joined in abstractedly singing along, not fully realizing the song’s meaning.
They Questioned Him
Ryan and Cory, who are a couple, noticed his enthusiastic singing and playfully inquired if he knew the song’s context.
He Said Yes
He admitted he did, and, taken aback, they shared a surprised glance. Meanwhile, Zach was confused and unsure of what was unfolding.
His Son Asked Him
Unexpectedly Zach asked Mike directly if he liked guys. Caught off guard, he found himself in a pivotal moment, torn between avoiding the question and being honest with his son.
He Came Out
Finally, he decided to be truthful and acknowledged that he is bisexual.
His Son Was Shocked
Zach appeared shocked, and Mike took the opportunity to explain what bisexuality means.
He Couldn’t Lie
Despite the unplanned nature of the conversation, he felt it was essential not to lie to his son.
He Told His Wife What Happened
Later that day, Mike confided in his wife about the incident, seeking her perspective on the situation.
She Thinks He Should Have Not Answered It
However, she felt that he should have avoided answering the question at that moment, allowing for a more serious and private discussion with Zach at a later time.
His Son Said He Was Embarrassed
Mike and Zach had not discussed bisexuality before, and Zach was embarrassed by the unprepared revelation.
He Questioned Himself
Reflecting on the incident, Mike questioned whether he did the right thing.
He took to Reddit to ask for opinions, and several Redditors sided with him, saying that he was not wrong.
Good to Expose It Early
One Reddit user wrote, “I would argue you actively did the right thing. That age is a very sensitive time and a lot of kids end up saying horrendous things in the name of humor. You did the right thing by exposing them to it early.”
If He’s Old Enough to Ask, He’s Old Enough to Know the Truth
Another Redditor commented, “While it wasn’t the best environment, your kid asked the question. If he’s old enough to ask, he’s old enough to hear the honest answer. It’s better to give him the truth than to lie to him.”
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