21st February 2012, 12:40 PM #1
Potential housemates and disclosing sexual orientation
Hi, this is the first time I've ventured out of the ladies lounge! I figured this wasn't a female specific issue though, so thought I'd post here.
So I am looking for a sharehouse to move into. I have a few places that I am checking out soon, and I am wondering whether I should disclose the fact that I am a lesbian at this point.
Until now, I had no idea that it would even be an issue, until I read a bunch of advertisements on a website that has 'preferred orientation' as a compulsory field. Somewhat disappointingly, about 70% of them only included 'straight'. So apparently people still give a crap about this stuff.
I feel like I shouldn't have to tell people because I'm a private person and I feel uncomfortable having to talk about my personal life with complete strangers, and quite frankly it's none of their business. Most of the places I'm looking at seem like everyone does their own thing, so I doubt we are going to have to be best friends or anything.
However, if I don't tell them and they find out later, which they probably will, if it turns out that they have a problem with it we may be stuck with an awkward living situation.
What are your thoughts?