In this day and age, it seems that society is growing more and more comfortable with people coming out as members of the LGBT+ community. This is fantastic news for everyone, and shows that we as a people are progressing.
However, if you live in a household that is less than tolerant, coming out can be a very stressful and scary process to go through. Homophobia – though it’s slowly receding – still affects countless people, and is incredibly hurtful. I figured out that I wasn’t heterosexual in 8th grade, but since LGBT+ issues weren’t spoken about at school or home, I had a very hard time figuring out how to accept who I was. When I came out to my mom, it was during a fight, and she was not very accepting of who I was. This only increased the stress I faced from people judging me based on my sexual orientation, and forced me to feel bad about who I did and did not feel attracted to. Now, thanks to amazing friends, I was able to accept who I am and love myself and my orientation.
If you are currently working through or know someone who is having a hard time accepting their identity, Love n Me is a wonderful organization that provides a variety of services to LGBT+ youth, including:
- One-on-one support
- Coming out support groups
- Family/individual counseling
- Discussion groups
- Crisis intervention
- Youth community resources
To get in contact with the organization and request help, call 1-510-265-0583, or visit lovenme.org