The Best Advice From HER's “So You’re Thinking About Coming Out” Guide
Happy National Coming Out Day.
“As predicted we found that each generation of our users are coming out earlier than the last,” the press release revealed. Where Millennials would come out in their late 20s and Gen X at 17, Gen Z, is out and proud with most “coming out earlier at the age of 13 years old.”
No fear though, “All generations of our users who have come out feel accepted.” In fact, these statistics point to a more accepting society as “83.3% express neutral to positive sentiment on feeling accepted by the people they came out to.”
Unfortunately, despite our society’s changing perceptions, 44% of users revealed that they have yet to come out due to fear of how their family would react. But, religion appears to be holding less weight with only 11% of users citing religious reasons for not coming out.
Despite Gen Z being gayer then even, you’re absolutely not alone if you’re afraid to come out. Coming out comes with lifestyle changes and self-reflection that you are allowed to navigate in your own time.
If you’re struggling to come out, keep reading for HER’s “So You’re Thinking About Coming Out” Guide.
Take your time:
“Coming out is a personal journey that should be taken at your own pace. There’s no need to rush; it’s essential to do it when you feel comfortable.”
“It’s crucial to have people to lean on when you come out. You’ll need all the support and acceptance you can get.”
Prioritize your happiness:
“You are the most important person to keep afloat. Do the things that make you feel happy and the most alive authentically. Live for your own happiness, not the happiness of other people.”
Be true to yourself:
“Always remember to be honest and true to yourself. Your sexuality is one part of the amazing person you are, so don’t be discouraged if others don’t approve.”
Coming out is optional:
“Coming out is completely optional. Some people choose to come out because they feel like they’re lying by omission to people they care about, but it’s not a requirement. Live your life as safely and as honestly as you can.”
Prepare for different reactions:
“People may react differently than you expect. Some might need time to process the information, while others may be immediately supportive. Be patient and give them time to understand.”
Seek professional help if needed:
“If you’re struggling with coming out, consider seeking help from a counselor or therapist who specializes in LGBTQIA+ issues. They can provide guidance and support during this challenging time.”