I am such a big Coward.
First, I guess, some background info is necessary . . .
About 3 years ago, when I was first coming to terms with being gay, I was once searching to see what sort of gay culture existed in the Dallas/Fort Worth area; and, lo and behold, I found a gay photographers club. I love photography and I wanted to meet other gay people - so I joined. But, this was at a time when I wasn't yet able to utter the words "I'm gay"; so, I never told the other members of the club that I was gay too (their bylaws said they were open to gay and straight photographers). Being married and Mormon, I'm sure they all just assumed that I was straight. The club meetings were sporadic at best and attendance dropped off significantly - until it was just down to two of us, Carlos and me. Essentially, the club no longer exists, but Carlos and I have continued to get together every two or 3 months for lunch and to discuss what we've been doing with our photography.
The thing is, I want to tell Carlos that I am gay. Maybe he suspects already, I don't know, but I doubt it. The married to a woman thing makes it easy to hide in plain sight. But, I just can't seem to get the words out of my mouth "hey Carlos, guess what, I'm gay too."
I really don't know why I want to tell him so bad. On one hand, I think it's a good thing that we have two gay guys with a common interest getting together and we don't discuss anything gay. We're gay, but that doesn't rule our lives.
On the other hand, I want him to feel comfortable talking more about his personal life with his partner (with whom he's been together for 7 years). I want to be able to talk to him about gay life in Dallas, how his family handles him being gay, and that sort of stuff.
So, why is it so hard to tell him that I'm gay too? It's not like I'm afraid he's going to be homophobic. I just don't know how to bring it up. How can I ever hope to be open with my straight family and friends if I can't even tell my gay friends?
Hence, I'm just a big coward!