Coming Out of the Closet
It's a very personal thing, and so much of
it depends on the particular circumstances that there is really no right
or wrong way to come out of the closet and show your pride. What is
good for one will not necessarily be correct for the next.
However, there are some universal guidelines for delivering such "news"
... and here they are, remembering that these are broad suggestions:
It is best not to make an announcement that
may shock during any time of stress. For example, holidays or during
another major life-altering event.
Keep alcohol and other drugs out of the
picture...best not to have a coming out discussion when any party involved
is under the influence.
Allow ample time for the news to be
digested and processed. Provide for follow-up discussions.
Before initiating the discussion, be
resolute about keeping your temper in check.
Convey the news personally...not in writing
or by messenger.
Do advance research, and be in a position
to handle questions and address concerns of others, even if you perceive
them to be unfounded.
Pre-arrange for a safe refuge if you feel
that the situation could become hostile or dangerous.
And, always expect the best, that the ones
that love you will not falter in their love.
Patience can be a huge virtue with
individuals that appear to be having a difficult time digesting the news.
Time often takes care of this. Sometimes the difficulty continues,
and understand that this has nothing to do with you.
this page updated on 6/14/2016