How to “Come Out of the Closet” to Your Family

Coming out of the closet is not something many homosexuals look forward to doing.  There is a lot of fear and anxiety that comes along with “coming out”.  There are a lot of things you can do to ease the fear of coming out to your family..

3. Have a Party

One thing you can do is have a party.  These parties are known as “coming out” parties.  It’s one way to lighten the mood in an atmosphere that promotes happiness and fun.  You can invite your friends, relatives, and anyone else you would like to invite.

2. Have a Private Dinner

Some people like to have their privacy, and that’s understandable.  A private dinner is another way you can come out of the closet to someone who is close to you.  You may not want everyone to know your business, and that’s fine.  You can have a small dinner and invite the people who matter to you and tell them the news.

1. Have a 1 on 1 Conversation

Maybe you just want one person, such as your mother, father, or another friend or relative to know you are homosexual.  You don’t have to come out to everyone at once.  This is a personal situation that is filled with a lot of emotion.  Some relatives or friends have a lot of questions, so be prepared to answer them.

Things to do When You are Coming Out

Be Patient

One thing you want to do is make sure you are patient.  You have to come to terms with the fact that everyone will not agree with your decision of being homosexual, but this is time when you have to be strong and do what you feel is best for you.  You may have to put a block on your emotions because it can be hurtful.

Answer Questions

Be prepared to answer a long list of questions.  A lot of people don’t understand homosexuality and they honestly want to know what it’s about or how things work.  Try not to take offense to the questions people may ask.  Some people will have smart comment and others will be there for you no matter what and try to understand what you are telling them.  Be prepared to answer many different types of questions.  Don’t feed into smart remarks or derogatory remarks.

Don’t Be Ashamed

In any event, you should not be ashamed.  Be who you are and be proud.  There will be a lot of people who are ready to break you down and belittle you and make you feel less of a person, but don’t let them have that much power and control over your life.  You should always hold your head high and be proud of who you are.  Never let anyone tell you anything different because only you know who you are and who you want to be.

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