We were all pretty worried.
Coming out can be a highly significant part of any member of the LGBTQ community’s life. If it happens to soon or in the wrong situation, it can be extremely traumatic. Being forced to come out can be heartbreaking, but what about when you accidentally out yourself?
This person did exactly that when they let it slip that they weren’t straight on impulse. On top of that, they also just happened to do it on the tail end of one of their family’s homophobic rants, which may just be the worst time to come out.
It’s a pretty worrisome story, and it even went viral when it first happened. Now, thanks to the magic of the internet, we can read about what happened next for them.
For anyone who doesn’t remember the story, fear not: here’s a recap.
Tumblr user probablynotadalek, aka Lyn, posted their unique coming out story by showing a screen cap of a conversation they had with their friend, Kai.
The messages read, in all caps, “I MAY HAVE JUST CAME OUT TO MY ENTIRE FAMILY IN THE WORST WAY POSSIBLE. MY GRANDMA WAS SAYING HOW GAYS ARE GOING TO HELL AND I DIDNT WANT TO DEAL WITH IT SO I STARTED TO LEAVE. MY COUSIN ASKED WHERE I WAS GOING.”
Lyn responded, saying, “Hell, apparently.” They finish off the panicked texts with: “WHAT HAVE I DONE.”
Kind of Proud
Lyn finishes off the post, writing, “The most terrifying five minutes of my life, but now that it’s over, I’m kind a proud of this.”
Their story got a lot of attention and was even picked up by different outlets, but it left us all wondering: What happened next?
Well, we weren’t the only ones wondering. Someone anonymously asked Lyn what happened. The user wrote, “hey, did your coming out turn out ok? i mean, i hope your family didn’t react too badly. b/c it’s a really funny post but has me kind of worried.”
Lyn gets asked about this so often, in fact, that they put it in their FAQ page. Lyn starts out the post, writing, “Ok, full story time.”
After linking back to the original post, Lyn writes, “The door was shut before i realized what i had said, and then i ran into the bathroom, where i sent that text. while i was hiding in the bathroom, my cousin knocked on the door, ‘you can come out now’ she said, followed by ‘well i guess you already did that, but.'” She goes on, “Anyway, we took refuge in her room.” Lyn then informs us what happened when hiding in the bathroom.