The Coming Out Process

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
COMING OUT TO YOURSELF

Michael Migura sets the stage for understanding homophobia and the feelings one experiences daily in today’s world.

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COMING OUT TO ADULT FAMILY

The process for coming out to adults requires the same careful process as coming out to children. However, there are many more considerations such as background, culture and familiarity with some of the words they will be hearing in a new context (you).

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LIVING YOUR IDENTITY

Today we live a different world than even ten years ago. Evaluate your own situation to determine how Dr. McLaughlin’s expertise can be applied to family.

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ALWAYS COMING OUT

The fact of being GLBTQ+ means that you are always coming out. Sometimes it feels normal. Other times the place, the persons involved, situation and so on make you feel uncomfortable.

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