Tips for Coming Out

  1. Tips for Coming OutBe patient with yourself. It’s not necessary to tell everyone at once. Take your time.
  2. Only come out if you feel safe; if it is the right time with the right person.
  3. Don’t push yourself.
  4. Start small. It can be easier to start by telling friends than by telling family. Find allies in your family. If you think a brother or sister or cousin will be easier to tell, start there.
  5. Develop a support network of friends who are accepting and supportive.
  6. Plan ahead. Think about where you want to come out and how you want to say it.
  7. Be positive. When you come out to someone, you set the tone.
  8. Find resources or get a mentor to talk to.
  9. Don’t come out in anger or retaliation.
  10. Be patient with others. Some people take longer to digest the information than others.
  11. Realize that they may need some time to adjust.
  12. Be firm. Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) or whatever word you use, if you’re sure.
  13. Ask LGBT friends to share their coming out stories.
  14. Refer parents and friends to PFLAG or other resources that might help.
  15. Be prepared for different types of reactions.