This guide has been written for gay and bisexual men of all ages who
are thinking of coming out. We know that making the decision to come out
can be scary and stressful. It is for these reasons and because of our
work as gay men's health workers that we put together this guide. We
believe that useful information and other people's experiences of coming
out can help to prepare you for some of the consequences that coming out
to family and friends may bring.
out is different for every person. We have tried to answer some of the
questions that we are regularly asked, although in reality, this guide
is likely to prompt more questions than it answers, but we hope it will
help you during this time.
Remember - there is always someone you can talk to. There are many
organisations that can help with your questions and concerns about being
gay or coming out and we have listed some of them on the information
page of this guide.
This guide has been written with the United Kingdom in mind, please
remember if you live outside the UK that some of the information will
not apply to where you live. For example, in some countries being
homosexual is still illegal, or attitudes towards being gay or bisexual
can be so severe that coming out is not safe. Use the web to look for
more information about how things are where you live.
Douglas Newberry and Mark Rendell
We would like to thank
Gay Men's Health
Wiltshire and Swindon &
North and Mid
Hampshire Gay Men's Health Project.
For the coming out pages.
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