Our Top Tips for Coming out Day

Publish Date: 08/10/2013

Ahead of National Coming out Day on 11th October, we share our top coming out tips with you. Why not send us yours @lgfoundation #LGFComeOut

Top Coming Out Tips

Do...

1.    Start by telling someone that you trust and know will be supportive. It helps to have someone to support you through the process.

2.     Test the water first - perhaps start a conversation about sexuality with someone you are thinking of telling to gauge their reaction

3.    Get Support. We’re here if you need us through our helpline, email or face to face.  Call us, send us an email or pop in and see us

4.    Make sure you set aside plenty of time when you won’t be disturbed, people may have lots of questions so give them the space to ask.  

5.    Prepare for a variety of reactions both positive and negative.  

6.     Remind people that you are the same person they have always  known and loved, be proud of who you are!

7.    Remember that coming out is a lifelong process -  the more the you do it the more confident you’ll feel each time

Don’t...

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1.    Tell someone as they’re rushing out to work, over Christmas dinner or when you’ve had a few too many. It’s better to sit down somewhere quiet and have a proper conversation with them.

2.    Take negative reactions to heart. Ok, so this is easier said than done, there are loads of people out there who will love you for who you are.

3.    Go it alone, there’s loads of help out there and every situation can be supported. Call us on08453 30 30 30 Mon-Fri 10am-10pm and tell us how we can help.

4.    Rush into it – it’s better to feel confident in yourself and prepared before you tell people rather than do it on the spur of the moment.

5.    Feel you have to come out if someone asks or ‘outs’ you. Remember, it’s you who is in control, if you’re not ready, then don’t feel pushed into it.

6.    Replace all of your old friends for new ones –don’t forget the friends who have stood by you.

Want More?

If you need support, advice to information you can call us on 0845 3 30 30 30 or email helpline@lgf.org.uk.

You can also visit our special website section on coming out here,  including coming out stories , including coming out as bisexual and celebrity experiences.