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I came out to my dad a few months ago as a bisexual, and he accepted it fairly well...however, since then he's only mentioned it once, to prove that he keeps my secrets. My problem is, I don't feel comfortable talking about girls in front of him, the way I do about guys. I feel like I'm straining myself really badly, but it's not like I can just start commenting out of the dad's really open, but he's the only one in my family who knows, because my mother's extremely homophobic (has to do with her sister, who's bisexual and a stripper).

So I guess my question is, what can I do about being more open with my dad? Or maybe, how do I talk to him about the way I feel?

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I recently came out to my parents, too!
What has worked for me to breech the topic is to casually mention something I'm involved in that is GLBT related, such a GSA meeting at my school or the Day of Silence project.
I guess that doesn't always lead to talking about the personal side of things (people you are interested in) but it might help to make him and you more comfortable discussing it in the future.
Good luck!

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