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.
Sometimes you just want to do it and get it over with – maybe then it will be easier.
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 is a lot of things to think about before coming out.
Coming out can sometimes be risky so there is always a need to think about your safety and your options. If things don’t go well, are you prepared to leave home? Where will you go? How will you get there? What about school? These are some of the things that should be thought of beforehand.
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!
OK2BME offers free counselling services to LGBTQ kids and teens. Please check out our services. We are here to help!