Victor comes out at school
At the end of season 2 episode 2 of Love, Victor, Victor announces to the entire school that he’s gay and dating Benji. Victor struggled with the idea of being out publicly throughout the entire episode, so seeing him finally feel comfortable and confident with his sexuality was truly a satisfying moment. Part of that struggle had to do with Victor’s mom warning him to be careful because “coming-out” could change his life in big ways.
Does coming out change Victor’s life?
Victor and Benji are seen being cautious about their relationship for most of the episode. They have to sneak around and aren’t able to hold hands or kiss in the hallways like the other couples at school and it causes some tension. Benji is used to being out and doesn’t want to have to hide his relationship with Victor, but he also totally gets where Victor is coming from because Benji’s dad wasn’t fully on board when he first came out. Benji comes up with a secret hand gesture to share with Victor until Victor is comfortable coming out publicly.
Victor’s mom thought she was being helpful when she told Victor coming out could change his life, but it ended up hurting Victor’s relationship with Benji and made him feel almost like he was going back into the closet and had to continue hiding who he was. Victor doesn’t feel ashamed of who he is and confronts his mom again.
Was coming out the right decision for Victor?
Even though Victor’s mom questioned his decision to come out, Victor has great friends who are supportive of who he is, and they stick up for him no matter what. Having a great support system is important to Victor, which made it easier for him to decide to come out to the school. Now he and Benji can act like any other couple, and we see that when he takes Benji’s hand at the end of the episode.
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