— gina (@ginaslife3) June 20, 2016
A California teen decided to come out to her family with the help of Splash Mountain’s Action Cam.
16-year-old Gina told BuzzFeed News she had known she was gay for about a year. When she and her mom went to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., she held up a sign saying “I’m Gay!” while posing for Splash Mountain’s Action Cam.
“I am not the type of person to have a deep, sit-down conversation, so I wanted to tell them in a lighthearted and fun way,” Gina told BuzzFeed News. “I love funny ride photos, so I figured I could make the sign just in case I decided to go for it, and I did.”
After her mom saw the picture, she sent it to Gina’s dad and brother who Gina says were “already 70% sure I was gay.” Although her mom had no idea, Gina says her family’s reaction was “super accepting.”
Gina tweeted the Splash Mountain photo and received an overwhelming response. The tweet received more than 5,000 retweets and more than 9,000 likes.
“I never expected it to blow up like this,” Gina told BuzzFeed News. “This Twitter account was just my spam account where I posted random fangirl stuff but I decided it couldn’t hurt to post it and the result was absolutely amazing.”
Gina says her tweet has helped other closeted LGBT teens.
“People have responded saying I’ve inspired them to do the same thing, which I think is the coolest part of it all,” Gina says.
Speaking with the Huffington Post, Gina gave some advice for teens thinking about coming out.
“It’s an overwhelming process, so just make sure you’re comfortable with who you are and make sure you’re prepared for questions or reactions people may have. I also know it’s sometimes hard to tell if you’re ready or not, so just be sure to give yourself time to really think about if you’re prepared,” Gina says.