A Reddit user posted recently on a subthread asking if she was in the wrong for outing her son before he was ready to talk about it.
Tricia’s son has been keeping a deep secret for the past seven months.
Hiding His Sexuality
Despite presenting himself as a typical masculine and straight-acting 17-year-old male, he’s been in a romantic relationship with another boy.
Son Can’t Hide His Relationship Any Longer
This relationship is not something he’s been able to hide from his mother.
The Telltale Signs of Romance
The telltale signs are all there – the baby talk, constant hugging, calling his boyfriend handsome, sharing clothes and cuddling, closing the bedroom door.
More Than Friends
This is no ordinary friendship. Tricia’s son spends everyday with his boyfriend; showering him with gifts.
Inviting the Couple on a Family Trip
One day, Tricia asked her son if he would invite his ‘boyfriend’ on their family trip.
Her son became visibly uncomfortable and told her that it wasn’t funny, that he was straight.
Tricia’s Son Is in Denial
Tricia found herself laughing at his denial, but the laughter quickly faded when she realized that he was being serious.
Being Pushed Out of the Closet
Tricia told her son that she knew he was in a relationship with another boy and was hiding it poorly.
An Emotional Reaction
This admission brought about a strong emotional response from her son, and he begged her not to tell his father and became upset when she pointed out how obvious it was.
He felt that his secret had been outed before he was ready to deal with it.
He hadn’t spoken to his mother in a few days.
A Mother’s Guilt
The weight of her son’s secret has become a heavy burden for Tricia as she grapples with the delicate balance between respecting her son’s privacy and providing him with the support he needs.
A Complicated Situation
In these difficult and emotional times, she’s trying hard to navigate this complex and sensitive situation with care, compassion, and understanding.
Division Amongst Readers
The Reddit community drew the battle lines. While half were appalled by Tricia’s behavior, the other half said it wasn’t a big deal.
One Redditor wrote, “You took that away from your son. Instead of saying something to the effect of “If you are, cool – if not, cool. We love you regardless” you forced him to confront that identity before he was ready.”
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