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Dear Gay Uncle Joe: I’m Out But My Family Hasn’t Said Anything!

Dear Gay Uncle Joe,

So I’ve been having a lot of trouble lately deciding how to approach me being gay to my family.  I’ve already come out to them, albeit in a roundabout way, but they haven’t really brought it up or I to them in conversation.  Should I A) bring it up, B) just wait until they say something or C) leave it alone entirely?


Recently Out Oswald


Dear Recently Out Oswald,

First of all, congratulations on coming out to your family!  I personally believe that your family is both the easiest and hardest people to go to when times are tough and shit gets serious.

I would say your course of action would depend on how close you are to your family and how they’ve taken the news.  If you think you need to bring it up, then go ahead.  Whether it be calling a family meeting a la Lifetime Movie Network style or just bringing it up over dinner, there are so many ways you can handle it.  Being transparent with your family about how you feel and what you’re thinking is always good.  It might be that they already knew to begin with and they simply don’t feel the need to bring it up because it’s not a big deal. So, you might not even need to bother with it.

All in all, do what you feel to be right, not what you think to be the easiest.  That’s all I have to say about that, sunshine.  Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

Warmest regards,

Gay Uncle Joe


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My name is Joe and I'm a Gemini. I like getting plastered at bars and discussing social issues over coffee. My favorite movie is Varsity Blues and I do car commercials in Japan.

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