It's 1st period. I'm working on an essay for Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. I leave the main library to go to the outer library to ask a friend what page the particular quote I needed to support my point was. I open my mouth to ask my question, and instead I am cut off by my other friend asking "Are the rumors true?"
As I am a very active (and even more obnoxious) member of my school community, my visibility often results in rumors. I don't care as I have more interesting things to think about (and they're usually pretty stupid and harmless) , and this time was not an exception.
"What rumors, hun?" I asked. She looked at me in a rather confused way.
"You know. The rumors..."
"Well, I don't know what you're talking about, so I unfortunately can't answer your question."
The friend who I was originally going to ask about the quote decided to pipe up at this moment.
"Oh, I know what she's talking about."
"In that case then, " I respond, "can you answer her for me, because I now doubt that you can answer my question."
And with that, I walk back to the inner library to ask my teacher where the quote I was looking for was, and she told me.
Later that period, I decided to ask QuoteFriend about what RumorFriend was asking me.
"You sexual orientation," was the reply I got.
"And what did you tell her," I asked.
"I told her the truth. You said earlier you didn't care if people knew, and you're already out to your parents so I figured you're comfortable with it."
"I am comfortable with being bi, but how the HEY did she hear?"
"It's called high school, Felicia. People talk. E told R [names have clearly been replaced] and then R told a bunch of other people and that's how RumorFriend found out, cause everyone else told other people."
"Hm. Well then, thanks for being an honest rep for me."
And that's how I came to find out earlier today that after being out of the closet for only 8 days, the grand majority of my school already knows through the rumor mill, and I only told my group of like, 10 or so good and close friends, (as there wasn't really anyone else I felt I needed&wanted to tell to their face).
High School if freaking fantastic, eh? I mean, don't get me wrong, I couldn't care less who knows or not, as I am 100% fine with my sexulaity and I am already out. I'm just facinated at how little time it took for word to spread. And so far, no one's heckled me for it. Although I'm kind of holding my breath, because the people at my school are unpredictable like that.
Has anyone else experienced this situation?