It’s easy to answer the question “how do you come out?” when you’re already out, and you’ve trekked that path. However, there’s no one way to do it. There’s not a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Everyone’s journey is different, and as such, the steps taken can vary widely. There are things you can do to make the process easier for yourself and less daunting.
A study of adult LGBT+ people in the UK looked at their life experiences during school life and in the workplace, and found that a supportive family environment makes LGBT+ children less likely to be bullied. The study found that family support significantly reduces the likelihood that children will be bullied at school. However, the results for bullying in the workplace were less effective.
Recently, Australia’s Coalition politicians successfully won support for a delay on voting on the bill that might grant religious schools the ability to discriminate against LGBTQIA students. This has caused outrage among the Labor party’s politicians, who say that Coalition stated themselves to be in favour of discrimination protections.
Male sexual fluidity is something that’s often not discussed in the public. When it comes to male sexuality, you might be tempted to want to define a man as straight, bisexual, or gay, but it’s not always as straight forward as that.
The idea of pansexuality is newer than some other sexual orientation terms, but it is a necessary label for a unique and important experience that has been a part of human existence since the beginning. What is pansexuality?
Almost everyone is aware of the difference between heterosexuality and homosexuality, and most people know about bisexuality too. Some of the more up-to-date have heard of pansexuality. But have you heard about a fifth sexual orientation? The one that means someone doesn’t have a sexual attraction at all?
The “What’s Up in Your World?” survey heard from 11,000 18 to 29 year old triple j listeners. The survey asked questions about the private lives of young people in Australia. The survey revealed some interesting data. Coming out as LGBTIQ is rarely easy, but one interesting stat from this study showed it’s hard for young Australian men to come out as bisexual.
Making the decision to ‘come out’ can be an intensely emotional and stressful situation. The thought of revealing your true self to the people in your life can be daunting, potentially opening you up to rejection, ridicule and ignorance. However, it’s good to understand the steps involved in coming out whether you’re just considering it, or somewhere along the path already.
Talking to your teenager about sex is awkward to be sure—but it’s even harder when you’re straight and your child has come out as LGBTQ. A new study from Northwestern University has found that parents of LGBTQ children feel particularly ill-equipped to talk about sexual health and dating.
I recently spoke on The Hack program on ABC triple j radio about bisexuality and whether young people are more open to being bisexual. This was a fascinating discussion that included calls into the station from people that identify as bisexual. They shared their experiences of being bisexual, including some of the biases and stereotypes they have been labelled with by friends and family.