When a Friend Comes Out To You

We live in a society that often discriminates against people who are different. We all have been taught to believe that to be "straight" is to be normal. This can cause a great deal of pain for gay men, lesbians, and bisexual people.

"Coming out" or disclosing their orientation to others is an important step in lesbigay people's self-acceptance. Like everyone, lesbigay people accept themselves better if they are accepted by others.

Someone who is coming out feels close enough to you and trusts you sufficiently to be honest and risk losing you as a friend. It is difficult to know what to say and do to be a supportive friend to someone who has come out to you. Here are some suggestions you may wish to follow.

Adapted by Nancy Jean Tubbs from a flyer by the Youth Service Bureau of Wellington, Ottawa.
General information: Jeff Walsh
Design and HTML: Jase Pittman-Wells
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