Monday, September 23, 2013
I got asked out by a guy via email...
As 'far out' as this may seem, the following story really did happen. Promise! To protect those involved, I will slightly change some of the details.
I'm out in public a lot with my job. I meet people through community meetings, public events, etc. In other words, I don't sit at a desk all day. (This is one of the reasons I'm so closeted.)
For being so 'out and about.' It's easy for anyone to contact me. One could easily get my (real!) email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Plus my (real!) name is unique enough, a quick Google search will give you any and all contact info.
One day, I get an email from a guy. This person had seen me 'out and about' and wanted to get to know me better. He complimented my looks and personality. He gave enough details describing myself that everything seemed legit. He nonchalantly asked if I was gay, and if so, he wanted to "buy me a drink or dinner."
After the first skim-through of the email, I was quite excited. A guy interested in me?! This just made my day.. my week.. heck, my year! A guy asking me out on a date?! This would be the first, and it felt so nice.
I then read the email a second time, this time more thoroughly. And it was just too... perfect. The phrase "if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is" was going through my head. The excitement quickly went away and I became upset. I did a search of the email and name on Facebook and Google and got nothing. Yep. I was had.
But why? Who sent me the email? Was someone trying to out me? Again, the email was directed to me, thanks to all the details provided within. (This ain't no Nigerian email scam.)
I wasn't going to let this go. So I did more research. I learned awhile back you can take the IP address from the email and (sometimes!) get the sender's location. I gave that a try. If the person was local, I could respond, but avoid answering the gay question, for now. I knew I was being had, so why not turn this into a game?!
I took the IP address from his email, plugged it in, hit search... And my mouth dropped.
Not only did I get the sender's location, I also was given the employer of said sender. It basically put a bullseye on him.
(I know these IP searches don't always work, but I am 95% convinced.)
I knew him. He's a good friend who now lives in another state.... A married friend..... LDS..... With a family.
Why? Why did this friend pretend to be a gay guy and fake ask me out? Or is my friend really gay and is actually interested? Or was it a plea for help? If he is gay, why did he get married 'for time and eternity' to a woman then ask out people like me?
I never wrote back. Not his fake identity or his real identity. If he were single, I'd contact him. But I can't mess with someone who's married with kids. If she somehow found out, I could possibly ruin a marriage.
I'm telling this because these are the types of stories that never get told. I'm telling this because it's been on my mind ever since it's happened, and I've told no one. It's starting to mess with my head, and I had to get it out in the open. (Would YOU confront a married guy who was attempting to hide under an alias? Am I being too overprotective of his wife and kids while he gets away with it?) I'm tired of reading about all the happy Mormon married stories on the 'net, all while a husband is going behind his wife's back and contacting other guys.
I do have a message to my friend, if you ever read this: Contact me by my real email or Facebook. To answer your question, yes, I'm gay. Let's talk about it. I still want to know 'why?' Why did you make up a fake identity then contact me? Everyone thinks you have the perfect life and job with a wonderful family.