Dear Chatty Kathy,
I think I’m into other guys but I’m not too sure. I’m afraid that I might get made fun of and will not be accepted by my current friends. I want to follow my heart but I don’t want be looked at as different. What should I do?
Hey there Awfully Afraid,
Coming out can be a very difficult thing to do, especially if you’re still a little confused about your sexuality. If you feel like you really want to tell someone, but you’re not sure if your friend group will make fun of you, then maybe you should try starting small. If you have a best friend or family member that you’re really close to, try bringing up the idea in conversation. If you think that they seem like they won’t judge you then you could try coming out to them first. Coming out as gay is a really long process as there are so many people who you will have to eventually tell, but talking with one person first is always the best way to begin. I just want you to know that you may face negative feedback from people in your life; sadly, there are many people still today that are ignorant. However, you can’t focus on those people, and you must find people who will love and accept all the parts of you. It might be a hard process, but just know the there will always be people who care about you and want you to be happy. If you are looking for a place where you can talk to other teenagers who are going through the process of coming out without giving away personal information, try checking out emptyclosets.com.
XOXO Chatty Kathy