The Process of Coming Out

This topic was designed to help you understand the coming out process.  Families of gay children go through the same process of “coming out” as the parent of a gay child as their child did.

When a person comes out they first recognize that they are different from the majority. This brings out identify confusion which plays out in questioning, self-examination, and often denial. This is followed by a period of identity assumption and self-acceptance.

In this course, you will identify six stages in the coming out process.
1. Awareness
2. Acknowledgement
3. Tolerance

4. Acceptance
5. Pride
6. Synthesis.

As you understand what people go through or will go through as they come to terms with their sexuality, you are on a parallel path.

The lessons in this course include:

  • Coming out to yourself
  • Living your identity
  • Coming out to adult family
  • Always coming out
  • Coming out to spouse

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