What are the benefits of coming out?
The benefits include:
- Living an open life;
- Build confidence and self-esteem;
- Reduce anxiety of hiding parts of your identity;
- Develop and connect genuine relationships and join a strong LGBTQIA community;
- You might influence others and become a role model for them.
How should I come out?
You are in charge and decide when to come out and to who. No one else should make that decision for you. Coming out is not a direct, simple path, you can come out to a select few or many at once.
You can come out to friends before family or vice versa. It is different for everyone must it’s important to remember it’s your decision at the end of the day every time.
What to do before coming out?
- Possibly test the water with the person you want to come out to by asking their opinion on LGBT topics
- Listen to their words/actions: Are they disparaging of LGBTQ people?
- Make sure you have a solid support system
Risks of coming out?
- Make sure your safety will not be compromised.
- Rethink If coming out puts you in a dangerous situation at home/school/work.
- You might experience discrimination/harassment.
- If you’re under 18, you may be thrown out of the house or lose financial support.
How might my family respond?
- Prepare for a variety of reactions.
- Initial reaction may not reflect how they feel long-term.
- They might need some time to understand/learn more.
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