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Coming out

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Why people choose to come out

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They're ready to start dating and want close friends, family to know

2.

They don’t want people making assumptions about them/ gossiping

3.

They're tired of hearing other people use stereotypes/ negative labels

4.

They feel like they're not acting true to themselves

Why people decide not to come out

1.

They're not sure who they are/ how they feel

2.

They're afraid they'll face bullying, harrassment, discrimination or violence

3.

Their families/ friends don't know and they worry about what might happen if people found out

4.

They live in a community that has not been accepting of LGBTQ+ people

Things to keep in mind

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Trust your gut

2.

Weigh all the possibilities

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Have a support system

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Let go of expectations

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Identify peer pressure

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Think about privacy

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Coming out is a lifelong process

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