By Rick Clemons for YourTango. Every time a new state recognizes gay marriage, my coming out coaching practice gets inundated with calls. It seems the more that people recognize that love is love, the more gay people feel safe to come out of the closet. However, what is surprising about these calls is that they do not come from millennials; mostly, they are from the Gen X and baby boomer generations. These generations grew up in a time of don't ask, don't tell, and they hid in underground clubs and meeting spaces.
So you think your child is gay, lesbian, bi and/or trans?
The process of coming out can be very different for everyone and it can take some time to get to a point where you feel comfortable and confident enough to have those conversations with people. Hiding who you are can be a big struggle. It can take your focus and energy away from other important things in your life such as your job, studying or exams. It may take you a while to get to a point where you feel ready to come out which is absolutely fine.
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Coming out is the process of discovering that you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender LGBT and then telling others. Want to talk. LGBT Helpline.
However, many people have really positive experiences coming out and often regret not doing it sooner. What may be right for one person, may not be right for you. Your safety and well-being should always come first. Although the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities have many things in common and frequently align themselves with one another, the experiences of exploring your gender identity and coming out as trans can be very different to being open about your sexuality.