Coming out is one of the most difficult things LGBTIQ+ youths and adults have to go through to live their lives openly and authentically. It is also not necessarily a one-off event to disclose one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity to people in their community including friends, family and work colleagues. Whether it is the first time ever, or first time today, coming out takes a lot of courage.
Most people tell their friends before their families, however, there are also helplines and professionals such as a GP or counselor who can help in deciding when to come out, what to say, who to disclose to, and what to expect. Check out the resources below to learn about the coming out process.