February 1, 2024

How Do I Tell My Parents I'm Gay?

If you are a LGBTQ+ person coming out to your parents can be one of the most difficult things that you will ever do. But if you are truthful with them, it will be easier for everyone involved. You can plan ahead and drop hints if you want to prepare for the conversation, but ultimately you will have to decide when it is the right time. You should also consider if the moment is safe. If your parent is not a very calm person or you are worried about their reaction, you should probably think again about whether this is the right moment.

Some parents may feel completely shocked by this news, even if they had suspicions before. They will likely need time to process this information and some may never accept it. Try to give them the time they need and consider checking in with them to see how they are doing.

You can tell them directly that you are gay or you could talk more about your journey to discovering who you are. It might help them to hear how much work you put into this decision and how it has changed your life for the better. You might share some of the emotions you went through on this path such as shame, fear, happiness and acceptance. It will help them to understand that being gay is just a part of who you are, it does not define you as a person.


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