Dear Hope: I’m a Guy That Has Girl and Guy Friends

Dear Hope,
My problem is that some of my friends think something is wrong with me. I’m a 16 year old guy and I have friends that are both girls and guys. I like hanging out with both. I really enjoy going to the mall with the girls and just hanging out. I like some of the same movies they like and I don’t have a problem with it, but my guy friends do. They say I must either be gay or want to get in the girls pants. I’m just friends with them I don’t want to date them and I’m not gay. How can I get them off my back and still be able to hang with the girls sometimes?
– Girly Boy

Dear Girly Boy,
Here’s the thing: you may never get them off your back. So, it’s all up to you. If you enjoy hanging with the girls then be confident about it. There is nothing wrong with having the same interests as your girl friends. There would be nothing wrong with you wanting to date one or you being gay, but you know that is not the case. When the guys start to talk, just stand up to them. Tell them that you enjoy hanging with them, that’s it. Tell them to get over it and if they can’t you may have to find new guy friends that respect you. Once you stand up for yourself they will probably give it up and stop teasing you.

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