Monday, April 26, 2010

Brother Knows Best?

My brother doesn't have many opinions.

Or if he does, the taciturn fellow doesn't exactly tell me.

In fact it was only through an entirely roundabout way ( i.e. my sister-in-law ) that I actually found out he knows that I'm a card-carrying homosexual. Not that I've kept my flaming fabulousity a state secret but I've always figured that my apparently obtuse brother didn't have an inkling about my affairs. Or didn't give a tinker's damn.

Turns out he's known for quite a while.

Brother : Of course you're gay. I'm not blind.
Paul : Well you could have told me earlier.
Brother : What? You needed a banner? So when are you gonna tell the parents?
Paul : You think I should?
Brother : Well why not?
Paul : Homophobia? Discrimination? Alienation?
Brother : Rubbish!
Paul : Easy to say when you're not the one coming out. How about you drop some hints to them?
Brother : You've dropped plenty! I'm sure mom already knows. If she doesn't, she must be in deep denial.

Then came this entire soapbox diatribe about gay rights and coming out.

Paul : You want me to come out during dinner?
Brother : Preferably during a lull in the conversation.

Seriously. When I wasn't looking, my sober brother had transformed into a heterosexual Harvey Milk activist championing gay equality. Wouldn't surprise me to know he's been going around distributing PFLAG buttons to his colleagues.

Probably egged on by my shockingly supportive sister-in-law.

Now my brother's even asking me how I'm going to explain homosexuality to his kids. That idea hadn't even occurred to me since I always imagined it a vague issue only to be brought up when they're way past the age of consent. Certainly not as drooling toddlers!

Hmm. Maybe use pictures and puppets?


William said...

I am waiting for an invitation to your Coming Out Luncheon.

Cheryl said...

Err... need to tell the kids?!

the happy go lucky one said...

lucky u to have such a lovely family :)

Ultraman Jino said...

my bro doesnt give a damn. we never talk but he and my mum know...

[Jino] - A man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot

Janvier said...

We thought we heard ourself mentioned pulak.

And one day niece and nephew might ask your brother/sis-in-law or you, "Why does Uncle Paul stay together with Uncle Charming Calvin?"

Life for Beginners said...

Yay for the supportive brother and sister-in-law! :D

Alex said...

Good thing u got supportive family members... really good thing.

Little Dove said...

I vote for puppets. Try SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Starfish. They'll make really cute puppets.

Niki said...

Need help? :P

Conundrum said...

Ooohhhhh, so happy for you!! :D

Bradley Hyunckel said...

ahhh...i wasnt ready yet to tell the whole truth...

Mikey said...

Let the kiddies watch an extra ghey edition of Barney the dinosaur, or any sitcom with fabulous homosexual homosapiens..that ought to be helpful and save on the speeches.good that your brother and sis-in-law is supportive of you..

simonlover said...

Hmmm..And i wonder whether my bro knows it too...Coming out of the closet seem to be the hardest thing to do eh. =(

Lucas said...

its nice to have such a supportive brother :)

Anonymous said...

actually, i'm really interested in the kind of conversations that you have with your sister-in-law.

she must be a hoot ^_^

and i'm not surprised that your brother knew. when i came out to my sis, she said she'd known from when i was 15. she even remembered the name of my first crush. lol..

p/s: is your brother the kind of parents that sit their children down and discuss things like sex openly like that? coz wow, major props to him xD

p/p/s: @mikey how much more gay can Barney be? :O

clownful said...

the last time me and my sis talked about homosexuality in bed..she was telling how 'geli' and 'wrong' two men kising each other. sigh. 11 year olds ... will wait for a few more years to come out to her =_=

ry said...

there's this email which explained it this way:

a red pen + a blue pen = straight
a blue pen + a blue pen = gay

(and a lot more examples where that came a marker + a red/blue pen = well endowed)