“Excuse me, excuse me! Do you have a boyfriend?”
I stared at him blankly, unsure of the best reply but finally settling upon “I’m gay.”
His tall frame retreated back into the room and I heard a girl ask him what happened as the door clicked shut behind him. I sighed and hid inside my room, feeling extremely uncomfortable and unhappy with my response. Aside from the fact that I don’t even identify as “gay,” I felt a better response would’ve been “I’m uninterested” or “I’m in love with someone else.”
“I’m uninterested” was a bolder response that may spark a discussion though. “Why are you uninterested? Do you think I’m ugly? You don’t even know me” may have been one of his counters, and being my timid self, I didn’t want to engage in that discussion.
“I’m in love with someone else” would’ve been the most accurate response, except I felt hurt for being in love with someone that didn’t seem to love me anymore.