Priceless, It's amazing what people forget when they're put on the spot.
Like maybe shouting out (insert name) is Bi and pointing was an odd thing to do.
(Sorry, this story is a little longer then I first imagined, in reality it only took a few short moment, but it's one of those situational ones that are hard to concisely describe)
My mum had two friends over, one was a woman; a longtime friend who mum knew since their school days and another was a man I've never seen before.
I was cooking in the kitchen, and the topic of me joining the priesthood popped up for some reason (when I was younger I said I always wanted to be a priest). Anyways my mum's friend (let's call her "Mo") shouted over "You wouldn't consider joining the priesthood?"
we had a short exchange, I said "not really, the Irish church isn't really an establishment I'd be comfortable, etc, etc"
Then my mum said "you cant be a priest anyways 'coz you're gay" to which Mo (mildly shocked) interjected "leave the poor man alone!" (assuming my mum was trying to embarrass/insult me). Mum then said "no, he really is gay!" in a sort of assured and a "and what about it?" sort of way.
To which I nodded and made a light hearted joke about it (sensing that these people had never encountered a real homosexual let alone a nonchalant one and that they may actually be homophobic or in disbelief, I didn't want to carry on down the pathway). Now, the interesting bit was just before my Mum and I skillfully turned the subject off of me and gay.
I though I over heard the man at the table say something like "ahh
, he'll find a woman yet".
This bugged me. More then I let on. Be weird, fine. Be homophobic, fine. But don't belittle homosexuality as some sort of "phase confused people go through". Don't assume that I will eventually see the light just like when teenagers eventually do after declaring themselves Goths, or Vegan, or Satanists for a month or two. I decided I couldn't let it stand, but that I ought to for the sake of civility.
So I waited for the man to leave, which he did, leaving only my Mum and Mo as I cooked nearby. I knew Mo knew the man quiet well, so I though I'd do a little investigating. I had it all planned out: raise the issue, gently probe, My Mum would be my ally, she'd know when if I went too far or if anything needing careful handling. If I can get away with it, I could belittle the guy(who left)'s stupid ****ing ideas about homosexuality in front of his friend who is still here and I could let them argue over it in their own spare time.
my entire plan instantly collapsed when I looked at the two ladies at the table and said "did that guy say that 'I'd find a woman yet'?... god bless him, he dosn't have much sense"
My Mum looked at me sideways and with wide eyes and said "No, that was Mo who said that"
(EMERGENCY ESCAPE, EMERGENCY ESCAPE!)
me: "well here's hoping!
" (leaves kitchen)