Of all the creative ways someone can come out to parents, a 16-year-old from California found perhaps the most colorful, creative and memorable way on a recent visit to Disneyland.
Gina told Buzzfeed she’s known she is a lesbian for about a year, and had been thinking of how she could tell her mom, dad and brother.
But a family meeting and long, drawn-out chat is just not who she is, she told the website.
“I am not the type of person to have a deep, sit-down conversation, so I wanted to tell them in a lighthearted and fun way.”
So in advance of a family trip to the Anaheim amusement park last month, the teen made a simple but colorful sign she could keep folded in her pocket “just in case I decided to go for it, and I did,” she said.
“I love funny ride photos,” Gina told Buzzfeed, speaking of the souvenir photos that are sold at a premium in the ubiquitous gift shops at the end of every ride in the park. A remote camera snaps a picture of riders as they hold on and holler around the bends and turns.
And so it was on the popular Splash Mountain roller coaster ride, Gina held up her colorful sign just as the car carrying the teen and her mom and three other visitors came into camera range. The sign says, simply: “I’m Gay!”
At the end of the ride, Gina and her mom went to view the snapshots, and that’s how she came out to her mom. She says her mother was surprised, but supportive, and shared a picture of the photograph with Gina’s dad and brother.
‘My dad and brother said they were already 70% sure I was gay but my mom had no idea,’ Gina tells BuzzFeed. ‘But I knew they would be super accepting.”
Gina tweeted her big announcement, which has been liked more than 9-thousand times and has 5.4 thousand shares and counting.
— gina (@ginaslife3) June 20, 2016