Coming Out as a Supporter - A Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation hopes this resource, created in partnership with PFLAG, helps you build bridges of understanding with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in your life.
Maybe you always suspected. Maybe it’s a total surprise. But no matter what, when a friend, loved one or acquaintance makes the decision to come out and tell you about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), it is always a unique event. For a lot of people, learning that someone they know and care about is LGBT can open a range of emotions, from confused to concerned, awkward to honored. It may be hard to know how to react, leaving you with questions about what to say, how to talk about being LGBT and wanting to know what you can do to be supportive. You might be drawn to this guide because you want to provide guidance for LGBT people in your role as a teacher, counselor or religious leader. Or maybe you’re reading this guide simply because you are interested in the coming out process. Whatever reason brought you here — you have come to the right place. This guide is designed to help build understanding and comfort. If you are new to LGBT issues, we will answer many of your questions. Or, if you have known LGBT people for years and are simply looking to find new ways to show your support, you can skim and take the pieces that are relevant to you. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation hopes this resource, created in partnership with PFLAG, helps you build bridges of understanding with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in your life. Welcome.