Coming Out

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August 22, 2017

 

‘Coming out’ means telling someone something about yourself that isn’t immediately obvious. In relation to sexual orientation and gender identity, this means sharing with others that you are lesbian, gay, bi or trans.

The process of coming out can be very different for everyone and it can take some time to get to a point where you feel comfortable and confident enough to have those conversations with people.

Mostly, people just want to be honest about who they are, especially with the people they love.

Hiding who you are can be a big struggle. It can take your focus and energy away from other important things in your life such as your job, studying or exams.

Just because someone may decide to come out to family or friends, doesn’t mean they have to come out to everyone. It’s quite common for people to be out in certain areas of their lives but not in others.

It may take you a while to get to a point where you feel ready to come out which is absolutely fine. The main thing to remember is to not put pressure on yourself and to only come out when you feel ready.

There are many different ways to come out, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. If you are thinking about coming out then it’s important that you find a way that feels right for you.

 

For more information and advice about coming out go to www.stonewall.org.uk

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