Oh so what do you think of this plan? I made a thread related to it in Chit Chat but didn't pose the question directly. My mom and sister are going on vacation for a week over the summer, coincidentally during pride month lol. So i was thinking about buying pride merch (dad told me several backdoor ways to buy shit to get around mom cause he does it too). But the point, aside from possessing pride merch, and the idea is that i would like to use it as a conversation starter with my dad. Wear a pride shirt and necklace and use it as a conversation starter to see what he thinks and, if it goes well, come out to him. I'm picking my dad as the first person to tell because he's very...laid back, i guess? Like if it doesn't affect him directly, most things don't concern him. He's very supportive, generally - like he'll take sister out to anime conventions that mom never would have been open to doing. He doesn't care for politics and he has sort of an 'i will live my life and you can live yours' mentality about everything i guess. So i feel like if i tested his opinion by wearing a pride shirt around him rather than directly confronting him...its a place to start. And i don't do confrontation so it has to be in a small way but i'd have to start it somehow cause he's not a talker. I feel like even if it turns out he doesn't care for it in the end, he at least won't openly judge it. I would be very surprised if he didn't accept me or at least tolerate it. What do you think? I feel like starting with my dad is, well, a good place to start. If he accepts me then i'll think about being more open, generally, at work. Not just with sexuality, but life struggles and just general conversation. I've always been scared of everybody, but living like that is isolating. I think there're quite a few people at work that would make good work friends if i just talked to them more and tried not to let myself be so scared of rejection. I know its probably a weird way to do it...idk if it'll even work. But i don't do confrontation cause i'm afraid of judgement and rejection so there has to be some sort of conversation starter. And i want pride merch anyways. And he doesn't do politics so that's not a good route to take.