I'm afraid to hang out with my new friend because he's gay

2021.12.07 21:48 Investing_Walrus I'm afraid to hang out with my new friend because he's gay

I'm a second-year college student. Due largely to online classes (and just generally me sucking at being sociable), I've struggled to make friends.
A few weeks ago, this guy that sits behind me in one of my classes started making small talk before class. He's pretty nice, and we have some common interests, so he started inviting me to hangout, get lunch etc, and I'd say we're friends at this point.
The problem is, I'm afraid to hang out with him in public, and I feel awful for it. He's gay and, well... a bit flamboyant. Not deliberately, but he's very clearly gay.
I'm not homophobic. I'm gay. But I work hard to hide it. I'm in a somewhat conservative area, and have a very homophobic family. Despite students at my school identifying overwhelmingly as liberal, it's far from uncommon to hear people openly voice homophobic opinions and threats.
No one knows I'm gay. Despite this, a rumor went around that I was gay. I started getting looks, a few people made comments, and one evening, while I was walking alone at night, a group of guys heckled me. No one was around, and I was worried for my physical safety. It scared the crap out of me.
If any family found out, they'd kill me. 12-year-old me took a beating more than once because (long before I was having any sort of "thoughts") my parents thought I was gay.
No one at school had said anything for a while, but now that I've been hanging out with this guy we've started getting looks and people have begun saying things again. It scares me.
I don't want to be gay. I don't want anyone to find out I'm gay.
My friend has noticed that I've been acted nervous when out in public, and asked me about it. I can't tell him, that would be awful.
I don't know what to do. I'm scared. It feels like so much of my life is spent hiding or thinking about it now. It's exhausting.
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