It’s your body, your life, your choice
‘Coming out’ means talking to others about your sexuality or gender identity.
Coming out can be very daunting. It’s different for everyone and there’s no right way to do it.
These tips might help you.
- Are you ready to come out as lesbian, gay or bisexual? Be sure you are happy to talk about it rather than feeling that you have to
- Start by telling someone you trust
- Think about the words you’re going to use
- It’s a good idea to tell someone in a place where you both feel comfortable and able to talk freely
There’s a great guide from Stonewall about coming out as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
Homophobia is fear of or a negative attitude towards gay people. Being picked on because of your sexuality can be upsetting and damaging, but remember you’re not the problem, they are. Never be ashamed of your sexuality.
How to get help
If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.
Find help in your local area
Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.