As a counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist, I have had several people come to discuss their uncertainty regarding disclosing their sexual identity. I would suggest you take some time to think about who, why and when you want to tell others. Is it for you or do you believe others “should” know? Sexuality is personal, heterosexual people do not approach others and tell them of the sexual identity, homosexual people are not obligated to disclose their identity…….. unless they wish to. It is your right of choice who, why and when you discuss your sexuality. Talk to the people first, who you believe will support you. If you feel there are people who would be judgemental, then it remains your choice as to whether you disclose or not. Bear in mind some people enjoy passing on information of others, so be prepared! If any one is non-supportive, they have the issue……. not you. Timing is also important, speak to people at the appropriate time when there are no distractions. Be prepared for some questions to be asked and remember, you do not need to validate yourself. You may be pleasantly surprised how family and/or friends respond. You may like to consider having an appointment with a counsellor to gain some ideas on how to approach the subject, some role play may be helpful. Best Wishes, Pam
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