October 11 has been designated as National Coming Out Day. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to come out today. Coming out is a very personal event and should only happen when you are ready to do so. Sometimes it can be scary, sometimes it can be fun, but no matter what, it’s important to be true to yourself.
Here are some links to think about using – whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgendered, a parent, or a straight ally – most of these links can help you find courage.
Click here for resources for all coming out scenarios. (The Human Rights Campaign)
Click here for resources if you’re a straight ally. (The Human Rights Campaign)
If you need resources for LGBTQ Youth, click here. (Advocates for Youth)
If you’re looking to start a Gay/Straight Alliance, or need ideas about alliances, click here. (Gay/Straight Alliance Network)
If you’re a local parent who is concerned, confused, angry or disappointed, click here for the local chapter of PFLAG. (The Seymour chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Or, if you need someone else to talk to, you can talk to me. I am a good listener and can help you find the help, support or encouragement that you need! Most importantly, remember to be true to yourself. You should not be ashamed of any one of your traits – no matter if you have brown eyes, pale skin, a big nose or you’re gay. It’s who you are. Embrace it.