Everyone seems to have advice about coming out, so my question is, how do you determine whether/when it's worthwhile?
I'm out to my best friend and have been for years, and I'm comfortable talking to her about anything. I've casually mentioned that I'm gay to two other close friends, but (either because of my presentation or because they wish to pretend I never said it) it's as if I never said anything. Those three people are the only people who I've explicitly come out to.
My issue is this: I want to come out to more people, particularly my parents and two other close friends. However, they are all fairly "conservative" and I am afraid that because I have never dated anyone of either gender, they will label me as simply "confused."
First of all, I wonder if coming out is worthwhile, since I am not in any particular mental/emotional distress and am not even close to having a date to introduce to them? Second, I wonder how I should respond if when I come out, my parents/friends say, "But how would you know? You don't know what you're talking about, you just haven't found the right guy."
Should I wait until I have "proof" (a girlfriend)? I mean, the way my life is going, attending a conservative college and living in a conservative region, I'll never be in a relationship anyway. What are the benefits of coming out now?
Thank you for reading that excessively long post.