February 1, 2024

What to Do If Your Friend is Gay

If someone you know comes out to you, there are a few things you might want to do. First, thank them for trusting you enough to be open with you. It takes a lot of courage to do that, and it shows that they respect you and feel safe with you. It’s also likely that they don’t have all the answers yet, so don’t take it personally if they’re not ready to talk about it or even discuss it with other people.

If you can, learn about the LGBTQ community. This will help you to understand your friend better and it will allow you to connect with them in new ways. It’s not necessary to be an active activist, but you can show your support by attending LGBTQ events, reading LGBTQ blogs and articles or listening to LGBTQ music.

It’s important to remind your friend that they are still the same person they were before they came out. Who they are attracted to doesn’t change who they are, and it shouldn’t affect your relationship with them. Keep doing the things you enjoy together, like sports, video games or talking about TV. It’s a good idea to get to know their friends and their families so that you can bond with them over common interests. You may even want to start a group with them that’s dedicated to doing something positive for the LGBT community. This will give you an opportunity to advocate for your friend if others in their circle don’t react positively or are negative towards them.

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