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Coming out of the closet

Hey Gemmah!

I have a question about coming out of the closet. I have recently accepted the fact that I am pansexual and would like to come out to my parents. I know they are both accepting of the LGBTQ community, but I can’t help feeling nervous about telling them. Do you have any advice about how I could tell them? I understand if you are unable to assist in this situation, but I would be grateful for any advice as I don’t have anyone to talk to about it.

Thank you!

Gemmah Says

Coming out is a different experience for everyone & it’s totally okay to feel nervous!

Your parents may not understand the term pansexual, so explain it clearly to them. Don’t be worried if they ask you lots of questions, it means they’re doing their best to understand what’s important to you.

It can be a good idea to practise what you want to say with a close friend or just in front of the mirror. It will help you to feel more calm & confident when the time comes to tell them.

Q Life is an amazing Australian organisation that offers anonymous & free LGBTI peer support.

This is big part of who you are & you’ll feel so much better once it’s out in the open!

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