February 2, 2024

How to Tell Your Parents You're Gay and Have a Boyfriend

The decision to tell your parents that you're gay and have a boyfriend can feel like one of those life-changing moments. This article offers ideas on how to have that conversation and some tips to help make it as positive a process as possible.

Pick a time that works for everyone. Avoid a busy time, when people will be distracted by other things and it's harder to focus. You might want to bring a friend or have someone else with you when you have the discussion. It might help to write down what you want to say, so it's not as much of a rush and you don't forget anything.

Keep in mind that not every family will react positively to this news. It may take some time for them to come to terms with this and even to accept that it's true. They may not be able to fully support your relationship, or they may worry that your sexuality will impact the rest of the family, or they might feel threatened by it in some other way. It's important to be prepared for a negative reaction and have a plan for what you will do in the event of that happening.

If you have concerns about the safety of coming out to your family, a number of resources exist in Canada that are dedicated to supporting LGBTQ youth and can offer help or advice. These include PFLAG, Kids Help Phone, and Egale Canada.

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