Finding the right ways to come out to your parents is very personal and something sacred. To be honest, coming out to your parents is a very personal decision and not one that should ever be pushed. If you are searching for the right way to come out to your parents, below, I’ve got some tips and tricks to help you along the way! So let’s explore the top 8 ways to come out to your parents that will make the transition easier!
1. There is No Right or Wrong Way to do It
One of the first things that you need to remember when you are looking for ways to come out to your parents is that there is absolutely no right or wrong way to do it. You should never worry that you are doing something wrong or that the way you want to do it is wrong. It has to be right for you and that’s all that matters.
2. Do It in Private
Whenever you are looking for ways to come out to your parents, it should be private. You never want to come out to your parents in public, especially if you don’t know how they are going to react to you and the news you’re bringing with you.
3. Bring Some Friends That Have Gone through It
Do you have any gay or lesbian friends? Have they found their way to come out to their parents? If so, it might be a good idea to get some tips and tricks from them or even bring them along for moral support. Having a support system can never hurt, especially if they understand exactly what you are going through.
One thing that you’re going to want to do before you come out to your parents is practice. Practice in the mirror or even with your friends, that way you’ll be able to anticipate their reaction and you’ll be able to see what your feelings will be.
5. Anticipate Your Parents Reaction
The next thing that you’re going to want to do when you are thinking of ways to come out to your parents is to actually anticipate their reaction. Truthfully, coming out as gay to your parents is not easy at all for you, but it is also not easy on your parents, especially if being gay is not something that they have ever shown that they are supportive of. Just prepare yourself.
6. Do It when It's Right for You
Never, ever, ever rush into coming out to your parents. It should be done in your own way and it should be done when you are ready. You should never allow anyone to make you feel like you need to come out to your parents right away, it’s a choice for you and you should do it when it’s right for you.
7. Understand Your Parent's Feelings
When you do finally come out to your parents, you’ve got to take into account their feelings. Truthfully, they might not have the greatest feelings about it, but they also could surprise you. Just put yourself in their shoes and try to understand their reaction too.
8. Share Personal Information
Finally, share with your parents. Share that you do still love them, that nothing has changed, but that you do just like the same sex that you are. This should not change your relationship with your parents and reassure them that you are still the same person that they loved before this conversation.
As I mentioned, coming out is really hard. It was extremely difficult for me to come out, but I’m so happy that I did. So, what are some other ways to come out to your parents that may have worked for you? Have any stories about ways to come out to your parents that you can share?
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