Well today a student came up to me (one whom I have a good relationship with) and told me: "Mr. P, did you know there's a rumor going around about you?" in a very solemn manner. I immediately told him "I don't care and I don't want to know what it is." More like I knew what it was probably going to be anyway. He told me anyway: "There's a rumor going around that you are fruity." I shot back, "How would they know how I taste unless they've licked me?" We laughed it off and he left, but I began to put the pieces together. It's completely true though, I am gay. For the past few days some students have been telling me again and again how they found me on the internet in various pictures. This is nothing surprising to me, seeing as no one is safe from the long fingers of google's image search. Nothing I ever post online is ever incriminating anyway, and I rarely have pictures of myself even with my boyfriend. I do my best to keep my relationships private even online, unless you are FB friends with me, but apparently, I missed my Google Plus account, where I have ONE photo of me hugging my boyfriend. It's not explicit or anything. Just us being coupl-ey. The way some of the students were telling me that they found me on the internet, it sounded like they expected me to freak out or something. I would usually reply, "Oh, that's nice. No I won't add you." I didn't even put the pieces together until that student mentioned that rumor. So it's out there. To be honest, I don't really care too much if everyone found out. I'm not going to get defensive about it. I live in a very liberal area, I don't believe any of the students would lose any respect for me in finding out. But I am still cautious of some of the consequences that might arise. I'm not looking forward to awkward conversations with anyone. Has anyone else had a derp moment when their students accidentally found a photo they didn't mean for them to see? What might I possibly expect in the future from students and parents? My co-workers pretty much all know anyway.