Lately, a lot of people online have begun asking questions, especially the youth, about whether it’s okay to remain in the closet and hide their sexual preferences from their family. The answer is subjective and solely depends on the individual’s circumstances.
While there are a lot of plus points for the youth to come out to their parents as support starts from the home, you may feel anxious and stressed when hiding your sexuality from them. If you know that your parents are OK with it, then it’s a no brainer, as life will indeed become less stressful. Furthermore, with media covering the LGBT developments across the world, now is the time and is certainly a good idea. However, note that it’s not required.
Avoid telling your parent about your sexual preference if:
When considering coming out to one’s parents, above all, ask yourself if you are prepared for it. From there on, you can think about their reactions. Will they reject you? Ask you to move out? If kicked out, do you have a safe place to live in?
Know that you are their child, so your parent may have a hard time dealing with your sexual preference. Speak to likeminded close friends, teachers and councilors who can support you through this phase.