#53. LGBTQ – About Coming Out
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 5:42PM
[Your Name Here] in LGBTQ, safety, support

This Conversation Will Help You…

 

  1. Assess if it’s safe to come out (family, money, living situation, etc) and prioritize personal safety
  2. Know that coming out is an ongoing process, not a one-time thing
  3. Understand that others need time to absorb the knowledge

 

 

Think About This First

 

Having the Conversation

 

Start here:

Do you think there’s a way where someone could come out and never have to come out again?

Is that realistic?

Most people find that they have to come out over and over again through their lives. Why do they have to keep coming out?

 

Continue:

Why do people have to come out at all?

We tend to assume that people are straight, which makes them have to tell us their identity.

How long do you think someone would think about coming out before actually coming out?

Is there an average time, do you think? If it’s a big and scary decision, do you think it would be a bigger thing to think about? It might take more time.

If someone’s friend of family member comes out to them for the first time do you think they will accept it right away? Should they?

Realistically, how long do you think it would take for someone to understand?

Does this relate at all to the time it took the person to decide to come out?

How are these similar?

 

Keep Talking:  

If someone was going to come out to you, what do you think a good way to say it would be?

What if the person was coming out to their parent?

What are ways you think you could make it easier for someone to come out to you?

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