thinking about coming out?
Coming out can be a major event in some people's lives. For some, the process of coming out runs smoothly, but some people are not so lucky and have a hard time. Everyone's coming out experience is different. If you are thinking about coming out as either lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, there are a few important things to keep in mind and remember.
Only come out if it is what you want to do. If you feel pressured into coming out, remember that it has to be your decision. It is a big decision to make in your life and the most important thing is that you feel comfortable with what you are doing.
If you are not sure whether to come out or not, try speaking to a friend or family member that you can trust first. This trusted person may be able to help you through the coming out process.
Everyone may not support you. Unfortunately homophobia, biphobia and transphobia (fear of or negative attitude towards gay, bisexual or trans people) still exist, and some LGBT people have a hard time getting friends and family to understand. Many families and friends are supportive though, so don't let this point scare you or put you off coming out.
There is no right or wrong way to come out. It should be a tailor-made experience, as individual as you are.
If you need someone to talk to about coming out or any other issue you may have, you can contact us at any time to talk to one of our team.
We have some coming out stories that people have kindly writte to show that coming out can be difficult, but it all turns out ok in the end. To read the coming out stories, click on the one you want to view below.
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