Should We Out the Teacher?
Dear Cousin Butchie,
School starts next week, and the three of us have been arguing about something for months, even back into our sophomore year.
My two friends and I are gay, but not exactly out. Oh, we're out to each other, but no one else in school would ever guess. In fact, we were surprised when we learned about each other-- and we are best friends.
We have a teacher at school who is a real "woof." He is gorgeous, athletic, hot, dresses really well, never mentions a girlfriend. He is also a swimming team coach so we have seen a lot of him, if you get my drift.
This summer we were walking around in Greenwich Village and we saw him come out of a gay bar alone. We were surprised and stunned, but we rejected the idea of running up to him and saying anything. After all, none of us are the legal age to drink.
We would like to out him and do him a favor. We know how difficult it was to live in the closet. Each one of us is in at least one of his classes. We also belong to the swim team. We also fantasize about him a great deal. In essence, he is the totally perfect Mr. Right.
Don't you think that if we outed him it would be a big load off his mind?
Manny, Moe & Jack
Dear Pep Boys,
I can understand how you feel about this teacher. I think most guys have had the same type of teacher during their school years. Having said that, I strongly advise you NOT to out this man. I repeat-- DO NOT OUT THIS MAN.
Since the three of you have not come out yourselves, it's strange that you want the teacher to do so. Be cool around him. Make him realize that you're decent guys and leave it at that.
Don't give up hope. After you graduate you might meet him somewhere and start talking about your experience of being gay. He will choose to reveal himself or clam up. This is his right. This would be as good a time as any to mention where you saw him in the Village.
Although I doubt it, this might be a time when he is surprised to find out you are gay.