Is this manipulation?
No, this is gay
Have you ever lied and in hindsight felt that it was best and smartest thing to do?
I lied to a person who I didn't think would be able to handle my gayness due to their history of homophobia
I think what I am saying is simply relative to everything mate. But I think I get it why you had to lie. And there could've been several reasons for you. But did it end positively anytime?