My Co-Worker Just Told Me He's Gay

Dear CC: A co-worker recently walked up to my desk to announce that she was coming out of the closet. How was I supposed to react?

Right-do you say congratulations? Offer to buy lunch? Share the secret handshake? Unless you yourself are gay and think this is a come-on, resist the urge to say, "Every-one knew anyway," and settle for a simple, "Thanks for feeling you can confide in me." Then turn back to your monitor and resume Bluefly shopping.

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