Gay/Lesbian/Bi Teens/Coming Out

Advertisement


Question
Hi,
I'm a teenage girl living in London.I came out to my form tutor and she's really supportive, but I still haven't told my parents. Do you have any ideas on how I could try and talk to them about it?

Answer
Hi Georgina,

Thanks for your question. How old are you? You sound like a very mature girl and definitely sounds like you're ready to make the move.

I would try and figure your parents' attitude towards homosexuality in the first place. From that you can devise the best way of telling them. Perhaps they're appropriate to tell directly or maybe you need to subtley break it to them. As a rule of thumb I would start off casual and earnest.

It's great your tutor supports you. This will be good for you to talk to him or her plus another authority figure will put your parents at ease if they have any concerns.

So let me know how it goes.

Chrissy

Gay/Lesbian/Bi Teens

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Chrissy S

Expertise

I can answer questions relating to coming out, relationships, dealing with men/women in romantic contexts and general anxieties about dating. I can also answer questions with self-confidence and presenting yourself well i.e. "love coaching" to make yourself as eligible as possible. I've also had a lot of examples when things have gone 'badly' and can advise how to make the best of things and get back on your feet.

Experience

Being openly bisexual I have experience in dealing with men and women and the nuances of being in relationships with both. I also am a bit of an old-fashioned romantic so have ideas and suggestions for dates and surprises, romantic etiquette and fun tailored to both men and women taken from my own experience (good & bad). I've also had many interesting adventures in the dating world which have given me a bit of rounded perspective with things. And having graduated from Uni I too am experiencing a transition from college to 'real world' dating which shapes my view on things. I've gone from a sofa Romeo to a real one (matter of opional!) which has taught me much about applying oneself to romance.

Organizations
University LGBT Society.

Education/Credentials
University and Masters graduate in Literature and Film Studies so I am well-read which gives me somewhat of a grounded 'academic' view on things. I've also read many books on Love, dating and related subjects. Likewise with movies. I'm also a bit of an old-fashioned nerd so am quite into a good date and know some hotspots in London, not to mention a good love poem which never went awry. Avid believer and reader of personal development materials so can help people with self-improvement or at least refer them to a useful book.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.