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Coming Out

Telling people that you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender can be difficult. It means coming to terms with yourself and the societal responses to the LBGT community. One in five people tell friends, family and loved ones that they are a part of the LGBT community. The process is different for everyone. A plan or a strategy has helped many people to be able to express themselves. One of the most popular ways to start coming out to people is to tell others in the LBGT community first. They are more likely to be supportive and they can help you build a support system. The second and more difficult step is coming out to heterosexuals. It will take time for them to accept that you are LGBT or they may even reject you, but in their own time they will come around.

There are other things you need to consider when you are coming out to people. These include the time and place as well as what the person you are telling is going through. You should also make it known that you are the same person you have always been. You need to be prepared for negativity from some of the people you tell; just like you needed time to come to terms with your sexuality they will, too. You should also have a support system for yourself so you can talk about what happened and so you don't loose hope. And no matter who you come out to it is a more positive experience if you are comfortable with your sexuality.  

It Gets Better

Here are some links to websites that provide support to the LBGT community: