A California woman chose a novel moment to reveal her sexual orientation to her family: by holding up a sign reading “I’m Gay!” while riding Splash Mountain at Disneyland.
The 16-year-old Sacramento native, identified only as Gina, posted the souvenir photograph on Twitter, where it has been shared more than 5,000 times since late last month.
— gina (@ginaslife3) June 20, 2016
Gina told Buzzfeed that she had known she was gay for a year, but had struggled to find a way to tell her family and friends.
“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 the outlet.
“I never expected it to blow up like this,” she added. “This Twitter account was just my spam account where I posted random fangirl stuff but I decided it couldn’t hurt to post it and the result was absolutely amazing.”
Gina told the outlet that her family’s reaction has been positive.
The young woman is hardly the only teenager to come out to her parents in an unexpected way. Just a few years ago, 15-year-old Laurel baked a cake for her parents bearing the message “I’m gay” written in the icing.
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