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Coming out during Christmas time, what to consider

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When you think of Christmas, you probably think of sitting around with your family, talking about the year, and reminiscing on all the good things you experienced together. You probably don’t think about coming out to them over Christmas dinner, or do you?

If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (GLBT), things can get a bit complicate for you during the holidays if you have not come out to your family.

Think about it, how often have you had to play the ‘pronoun’ game over Christmas dinner? If this is the year you are consider coming out, think about these things first.

Coming out, as a process, is not an easy thing. Some people come out in stages. At first, they might come out to friends and co-workers. Then they might come out to family members, and so on. If this is your approach, think about whom you feel most comfortable sharing your sexual orientation at Christmas time.

You know your family and loved ones best.

Some things to consider when you come out to family and friends:

  • Attitudes towards the GLBT community
  • Your expectations of others once you come out to them
  • Your reasons for coming out to family and friends during Christmas time or any other time for that matter

These are a few things to keep in mind this year at Christmas dinner. If you are thinking of coming out to your family and friends and are not quite sure how to do it, consider referring to gay-friendly sites such as the Human Rights Campaign for guidance.

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