Sexuality and Taste Buds

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Gay and Lesbian  |  House: Booksie Classic
A bit of late night writing, so I may need to edit in the future, but it's basically just analogy.

Submitted: May 26, 2014

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Submitted: May 26, 2014



If I come out to you at the age of twelve and you’re an adult, it would probably be in your best interest to take that time as a compliment and a moment to give some great acceptance to a child. The compliment is that, “Yes, I trust you, and I’m not too scared to tell you this thing.” And I could delve into a myriad of topics when it comes to the responses, but there’s one in particular that I’ve had a lot of experience with.

Please, please, please don’t respond with “I completely support you, but I think you’re a little too young to know that.” The reason why lies in the similarity of sexuality and taste buds. No one ever comes up to a child and tells them, “Hey there buddy, I believe you are too young to know that you like pickles. I mean, you might be confused or something, and we can’t be positive until you’re older.”

That’s because people tend to know what they like. And that can change, as taste buds do about every ten years. Some people will go through life liking pickles forever, some for a little while, and some never. But there’s nothing wrong with that, and it’s out of our control. So if you believe that you are completely accepting of anyone’s sexuality, don’t change your mind in the case of a kid. Even if you have a reasonable suspicion that they’re not gay or bi or whatever, just be accepting of who they identify as now because the present is the most important time, especially for a kid who by coming out to you probably wanted assurance of a deep acceptance that they are praying is there. And in the future, if they say that they are not what they used to identify as, leave them be. They weren’t necessarily “faking it.” Things change, and sexuality can be one of them. So if the kid likes girls, let her like girls. It’s not going to hurt you; it’s probably a relief not to have to worry about her with boys!  

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