If you know someone who is struggling to come out to friends, family and loved ones, help make the transition easier by offering your support. Research shows that lesbians, gays and bisexuals who are still in the closet have higher levels of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout than those who are out to family and friends. When someone comes out to you, it usually means that they want to have an open and honest relationship with you and they hope that you can accept them as they are. It is important to withhold judgment and remember that they are the same person they always were. Also, since it’s their information to share, it’s important to ask whether this is something that should be kept in confidence.
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- Are Gay Men Less Stressed Than Straight Men? (newsy.com)
- Coming out of the crazy closet (walkingoneyre.wordpress.com)
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