Teen Uses Splash Mountain Photo Op To Come Out To Family
A teenage girl decided to use tell her family she is gay at Disneyland, but not by verbally telling them. She instead used Splash Mountain.
The girl, identified as Gina by Buzzfeed, is 16 years old and lives in California. She posted her coming out moment to Twitter late last month, but said she'd been trying to think of a good way to come out to her parents and brother.
"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," she told Buzzfeed.
So, she drew up the sign and took it with her when she and her mother went on the Splash Mountain ride. She then held the sign up when the log begins to drop and the souvenir photo is taken.
She said her family's response has been "so positive," and that her dad and brother had already thought she might be gay, though it was a surprise to her mother. She has also received a lot of positive responses from strangers.
"People have responded saying I've inspired them to do the same thing, which I think is the coolest part of it all," Gina said.
Gina told Huffington Post that coming out is "an overwhelming process, so just make sure you’re comfortable with who you are and make sure you’re prepared for questions or reactions people may have. I also know it’s sometimes hard to tell if you're ready or not, so just be sure to give yourself time to really think about if you’re prepared."