Updated: Feb 10
What is "coming out"?
“Coming Out” is the act of disclosing one’s own sexuality or gender identity to someone.
Coming out is revealing your own sexuality or gender identity to someone. However, coming out is not disclosing or revealing someone else’s sexuality or gender identity. Unless that person is out of the closet already and is fine with people telling others then it is not ok to ever reveal someone else’s sexuality or gender identity.
Right Time, Right People
Make sure the people you come out to are accepting before coming out. If you’re worried that they might not be, always have a backup plan (especially if it’s someone you depend on, like a parent).
We know it can be heartbreaking, but you must have a backup plan. If someone is not accepting of you, you must rise above their negativity and take the high road. If they become verbally and or physically abusive, then you must remove them from your life, no matter who it is.
Find A Solid Support Group
There are plenty of organizations and LGBTQ+ groups throughout the globe. It can be scary to get involved, but it’s rewarding in the end. Make sure to follow PRISM’s social media to find out about the facilities we provide.
PRISM is a great mode of support. PRISM's general volunteer meetings involve mental health check-ins every week. PRISM prides itself in promoting a safe, welcoming environment for everyone involved. Check here to see when our next general meeting will take place.
You Don’t Need To Come Out
The most important thing to remember is that if you don’t feel comfortable coming out, you don’t need to. You’re not “lying” or “fake.” It’s your business.
Your business is your business. While there is a heavy glorification surrounding coming out in media and online, you do not have to tell anyone your sexuality if you do not feel comfortable. If you feel pressured by anyone or any group then the best thing to do is refrain from including that influence in your life.
What's "coming out"? Planned Parenthood. (n.d.). https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/sexual-orientation/sexual-orientation/whats-coming-out.
Coming out: A resource for LGBTQ students. GLSEN. (n.d.). https://www.glsen.org/activity/coming-out-resource-lgbtq-students.
Coming Out Resources. HRC. (n.d.). https://www.hrc.org/resources/coming-out.