Coming Out as an Adult

Should I tell (“come out” to) my family? My friends? My coworkers?

A lot of LGBTQ people, regardless of their age, struggle with this question and the answers are as individual as each person asking it. It depends a lot on who you are and who is around you.

The desire to come out can be pretty overwhelming sometimes. Feeling like you have to pretend and that you can’t be yourself can be a big weight on your shoulders.

You’re the only person who really knows if and when it’s the right time to come out, how, and to whom. It’s not something that should be done in haste. There are a lot of things to think about before coming out.

Sometimes having another person listen to you is a good way of deciding whether or not you’re ready to come out. Answering someone else’s questions may help you to answer some of your own. This is where a counsellor, teacher, nurse, or trusted friend can really come in helpful!

KW Counselling Services offers counselling services that can help. Please check out our services.

SPECTRUM, Waterloo Region’s Rainbow Community Space, offers a monthly discussion group called Coming Out Older which you may find helpful.

LGBTQ OutLoud – Coming Out