I’m just curious, other than that time you ran into your mom, have you ever been caught out as Hannah by someone from your “Non-Hannah” life? If so, what did you do? How did you react?
No, thank goodness.
The only time something similar happened was when I was in male mode shopping for a skirt at Target and ran into my sister. This was a couple years before I came out to her. I wasn’t in the women’s section and hadn’t picked anything out, so it was a close call.
When we go out in public we do that with the acceptance that we may potentially run into everyone we know, whether that is our boss or the conservative side of our family. Although there are things we can do to minimize the risks, we need to understand that this can happen.
So, what do we do when that does happen? It will depend on who you run into, of course. My boss? I may as well quit my job and leave town. My best friend? Then it’s time for an overdue conversation.
If you wish to remain in the closet to some people in our lives, then we must remain conscience of where we go and be vigilant of who is in the room or the store.
There is no right way to come out to someone. Those conversations may be carefully planned for weeks or may be unexpected and happen at the mall. It’s good to be prepared for those talks, even if there is no correct way to do it.
Fortunately I have never had this experience, but if others reading this have had this happen, please share in the comments.
Have a question for me? Oh yes you do. Ask me here!