Out: Stories of Lesbian and Gay Youth. | UC Berkeley Library
The process of coming out can be very different for everyone and it can take some time to get to a point where you feel comfortable and confident enough to have those conversations with people. Hiding who you are can be a big struggle. It can take your focus and energy away from other important things in your life such as your job, studying or exams. It may take you a while to get to a point where you feel ready to come out, which is absolutely fine. The main thing to remember is not to put any pressure on yourself and to only come out when you feel ready.
OVERVIEW In this activity, students listen to the concerns of real teenagers dealing with homophobia or read testimonials from gay and straight students and teachers about dealing with homophobia. All of the stories illustrate how homophobia contributes to a climate of hostility, making adolescence especially hard to navigate. The activity concludes with a discussion of what can be done to make schools less hostile to gay and lesbian youth.
Note: This guide was updated in July of If you need to access the old version, click here. Ten Suggestions. The Truth about Sexual Orientation.