In the second part of our coming out series, we'll be talking about some of the challenges that people face when coming out to their families and friends. We'll also be sharing some tips on how to make the process a little bit easier.
One of the biggest challenges that people face when coming out is the fear of rejection. They may worry that their family and friends will not accept them, or that they will be disowned or even abused. It's important to remember that you are not alone in this experience. Many people have come out to their families and friends, and everyone faces a different outcome.
If you are worried about how your family and friends will react, it can be helpful to talk to a trusted friend or therapist before you come out. They can offer support and advice and help you to prepare for the conversation. When you are ready to come out, it's important to be honest and direct. Don't beat around the bush or try to sugarcoat things. Just tell your family and friends how you feel, and be prepared for them to have questions.
It's also important to be patient. It may take some time for your family and friends to adjust to your news. Be understanding and give them time to process what you've told them.
Coming out can be a difficult process, but it's also an important one. If you're struggling with coming out, remember that you are not alone. There are people who care about you and support you, and there are resources available to help you through this process.
Here are some tips for coming out:
Choose the right time and place to come out.
Be honest and direct.
Be prepared for questions.
Remember that you are not alone.
If you need more support, here are some resources:
The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
The Human Rights Campaign: 1-800-729-2324
Word of the week: Urban Dictionary definition of "outed"
Gallup Poll (2022) - LGBT identification in the United States: Gallup
Williams Institute (2019) - LGBT population in Nevada: Williams Institute
The Hill (2019) - Bisexual adults in LGBTQ+ America: The Hill
Pew Research (2019) - Bisexual adults and coming out: Pew Research
Gallup Survey (2021) - Same-sex marriage and LGBT Americans: Gallup
Gallup Survey (2022) - Inclusion of identities outside traditional LGBT framework: Gallup
Pew Research (2022) - LGBTQ+ identification trends: Pew Research
Census data and Senate Bill 109: Reno Gazette Journal