By notgay - United States
Today, my entire extended family was over for Christmas. I opened a gift to see that it was a fruitcake and saw everyone looking at me, smiling. This is their way to tell me that they know I'm gay and that they accept me. I'm straight. FML
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  Reyo  |  2

One problem: THEY THINK HE'S SOMETHING HE'S NOT. How would you feel if your family was convinced that you were a homosexual? Huh? How would that feel? Your mother saying "It's ok, It's perfectly normal" as she sobs uncontrollably and your Dad drinking it away with the Jager I got him for Christmas I DIDN'T KNOW SHE WAS A HE GOD DAMNIT!

  tisiphone_fml  |  0

Hmm, I really do understand you're embarrassed, but here are two things to console you. Firstly, your entire family loves and accepts you enough to accept whatever you may be (however misguided) - and they have a sense of humor about it. There are thousands of people in the world who would trade anything for that. Secondly, there's nothing wrong with being homosexual - so don't take it as an insult. Yes, I realize that the people you love think that you're something that you're not, and that hurts. But, what is it about you that made them think that? Which particular stereotype(s) did they choose? Perhaps was something that a lot of people would think is a good quality in general (particularly women) - cleanliness, good sense about clothing and hygiene, or good conversation skills, artistic ability, etc? None of those things is bad... and a lot of women are desperate for a guy who keeps himself and his surroundings neat and is actually willing to hold a conversation!

  dnlphm94  |  0

^ Over-analytic much? I'm pretty sure real gay people don't like being called "fruity" and giving him a fruitcake kind of says "fruity." So, either way, it can be taken as an insult.

  dudeitsdanny  |  9

I really don't think the FML was about being considered "fruity."

Anywhoooo.... Most people assume I'm gay. No idea why. At LEAST bisexual. Again, no idea why. I'm straight.
I started taking it as a compliment about a year ago, and it's worked out pretty well for me.

By  OkageStarr  |  0

I get joked on by my family all the time about my sex life (or lack thereof), and I gotta say, if your family wasn't just making a bad joke, FYL indeed, op. The appropriate response is to find some male member of your extended family (not blood... an in-law preferably), and pretend to hit on them. At some point, break the truth to your family, and remind them not to make assumptions, because it can be quite awkward. For everyone.