3 frequently asked questions about coming out of the closet: answer

Coming out of the closet can be a difficult process. It requires understanding and acceptance and addressing social reactions and attitudes towards the LGBTQIA + community. That said, coming out of the closet can also be very liberating and liberating, helping one to embrace their authentic self.

So, we get closer to Richa vashista, a women’s mental health expert on gender and sexuality, and asked her to host an Ask Me Anything session at the MissMalini Girl Tribe App on “Being an ally of those who come out of the closet”. She answered all the questions Tribe about what it means to come out of the closet, how to come out to your friends and family, how to respond to someone who comes out, how we can create safe spaces for the LGBTQIA + community, why coming out is important, and more! Read on to find out everything he shared.

Q. What kind of advice and support can we give a friend if they haven’t come out with their family yet, and how can we make this process easier for them?

The thing about coming out of the closet is that it’s personal. It is completely up to the person whether they want to come out of the closet or not. Regardless, if they want to come out, as a friend, you can check out how they are doing and how they feel about the situation. Let them know that you are here for them as it can really be a scary space for them. Discuss a ‘presentation plan’ and the different results that can be anticipated. If you are looking for professional support, feel free to contact any of the AtEase experts who are affirmative queer.

Q. I’m queer but I haven’t told my family. Because I speak openly about my weirdness, I often fear that the news articles or someone else will discover me publicly without my permission. How do I handle that if it ever happens?

Thank you for your vulnerability in sharing this. First of all, your fear is VALID. Since you mentioned that you talk openly about your identity, it is best to come up with an action plan to deal with “D-Day.” Start by identifying a few people who can be your safe space and talk to them about your fears and what they mean to you. Once you feel ready, it is best to talk to a professional and create a plan of action and what you can do if that happens.

Q. What can I say to show my friend that I support his coming out? Are there any specific words to avoid? And certain questions to avoid asking?

Thanks for being so helpful. You must assure them that you will never see them differently and that you love them just the way they are. It is also important to acknowledge that you were approached and trusted. The most important thing is to check them. Ask them how they feel. Ask them what they need. Assure them that you will always be there for them.

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