I’ve known I’ve been a lesbian for a few years now, but I never really came out to anybody. I just didn’t want them to treat me differently, and I know for a fact they would. One of my other good friends came out a few years ago, far before I knew I was gay, and my friends started treating her differently. Not badly, everyone is still good friends, but they are just very careful around her and I don’t want that to happen to me, even though I know for the most part they’ll support me. I go to a catholic school, and although my friends are very supportive, the rest of the school is not. My old friend had to move schools because of the bullying, and I don’t want to have to move because I like the school as it is now, its far better than the ones in the surrounding area of where I live. A lot of my friends like to make jokes about me being gay, and I’m unsure if they really already know or not. I haven’t even told my gay friend yet, because she would mock me. I also know for a fact (she has told me) that she likes me, and I don’t like her the same way… I like other people (another story for another time). She thinks the only reason why I wouldn’t date her is my sexuality and I don’t want to have to deal with that either. So my question is, would it be worth coming out? I fully accept myself as I am, and have no problems with myself, however I have a lot of social anxiety and am unprepared to deal with the same reaction my friend had. My family would be 100% supportive of me too, but they would treat me differently as well. It is comfortable where I am at the moment with my friends not knowing, but I feel guilty that I’m not being truthful to them. Any advice?