Coming Out to Yourself

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

Section 1 – Sexual Minorities in a Straight World – Have you ever felt you just did not fit in? Maybe you are not the only one.

Are there symptoms of homophobia you have experienced similar to those in Michael’s talk? Does the “Invisible Minority” concept help you understand? “Internalized Homophobia” can be extremely detrimental. Is “Heterosexism” the norm in your thoughts?

Section 2 – Stages of Coming Out

There are six stages in the coming out process according to Mr. Migura.
1. Awareness
2. Acknowledgement
3. Tolerance
4. Acceptance
5. Pride
6. Synthesis.
Listen as he describes each stage. Do you see other stages?

Where are you on Michael’s Stages?

Section 3 – Barriers to Coming Out

Michael then discusses some barriers to coming out. Among these considerations are geography, job choice, workplace, religion (being spiritually bankrupt), society, school, public places, etc. You may have many more you can add after listening to the video.

Section 4 – Cost Benefit Analysis

When you view the Cost Benefit Analysis segment, whether you are GLBTQ+, parent, sibling or… , does this segment give you a framework to understand your own actions? Take a look!

Now that you have found out some of Michael’s barriers, can you list some of your barriers to coming out? How do you overcome these barriers?

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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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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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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