'I sat down and told my parents, they both said they already knew. My mum found out the number of a local youth group and I have been going every week since'

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Coming Out

Coming out as gay or bisexual can be very daunting and something that you may feel ready for now - or you may want more information about how others have done it.

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Simon says

Award-winning comic Simon Amstell tells us about how he came out and talks about sex and relationships.

Why do it?

Why come out at all? Let's look at the pros and cons.

Are you ready?

Taking some steps in preparation can really help.

Who first?

Making sure you get support in this difficult time.

Do's and don'ts

Some things that might help... and some things to avoid.

Family

Information and tips on how to come out to your parents.

Friends

Friendships are always important especially when you are coming to terms with your sexuality.

Relationships

We all have different kinds of relationships in our lives, including the one with ourselves.

Meeting People

Click here for information on meeting people and youth groups.

Sex

It is perfectly natural to be thinking about sex when you are coming out.

Bullying

Some tips on how to cope if you are being bullied.

Information for parents

Is it my fault? Who made them this way?  Some questions answered.

Links

There are a lot of services and websites that you may find useful. Check out these links.

Coming out as gay or bisexual can be very daunting and something that you may feel ready for now or maybe you want more information about how others have done it. The first thing you should think about is whether you have accepted your sexuality; do you feel confident enough to talk about it with others?

You may want to talk about these issues with someone who has been through it or at least read through coming out stories to get an idea about how you can handle the process. On the following pages you can read real life accounts from other young gay and bisexual men about their coming out experiences

The main thing you should remember is that you and only you will know when the time is right to come out. Do not be pressured into it. Don’t beat yourself up about taking time to think things through – Coming Out for the first time is something you will remember for the rest of your life so take your time, get informed and make sure that you are looking after yourself.

Last review: 27/10/11
Next review: 27/10/13

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