"Coming Out" is when a person tells someone else that they are LGBTQ. Someone who is coming out feels close enough to you and trusts you enough to be honest with you. These are some tips for what can you do to support a teen who comes out to you.
“Coming Out” is when a person tells someone else that they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or another identity related to their gender identity, expression, orientation, and/or attraction. Someone who is coming out feels close enough to you and trusts you enough to be honest & risk losing you as a friend and ally. What can you do to support a teen, who comes out? Here are some suggestions that you may wish to consider…
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Being an Ally:
“People always ask why I care about a movement that does not include me. My answer is that the gay rights movement should include me. Although I am straight, I know people affected by hate and prejudice – they are my friends. I believe that everyone who has seen the face of hatred, whether affected by it or not, should be involved in preventing it. That is why I am involved with my GSA. That is why I sit every week with other students not afraid to face prejudice. That is why I work with them to teach respect in our school.” (From The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network’s Students and GSAs Yearbook)
Adapted from a flyer by the Youth Services Bureau of Wellington, Ottawa