Ingrid Nilsen, the Rhodes Bros, and Caitlyn Jenner have received widespread public support and celebration, and raised awareness for the broader LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) community. But, you’re not alone if you’re terrified or overwhelmed by the thought of telling people in your life (let alone millions of followers) that you are questioning or coming out. The good news is that help is right in the palm of your hand and accessible from your smart phone, tablet, or computer. Here are some of the best LGBTQ resources to look out for:
- Information. It’s a big digital world, and it can be hard to know who to believe. Look for sites that are run by non-profits or which reference credible sources and knowledgeable experts. SexEtc.org is a great example. Laci Green’s YouTube channel also rocks.
- Community. On sites like ItGetsBetter.org, you can learn from the stories of others who have come out before you. On the Tumblrs, Facebook pages, and YouTube channels of organizations like the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, you can participate in discussions on the topics that mean the most to you and even learn how to start your own club.*
- Private, professional, compassionate guidance. Through The Trevor Project (866-488-7386) and Crisis Text Line (text “Start” to 741-741), you can connect with trained professionals 24/7. Their job is to listen to or chat with you confidentially (and for free!) and point you toward additional sources of support.
At the close of her coming out video, Ingrid Nilsen says, “I’m giving myself my best chance, and so should you.” We agree! And you don’t have to do it alone. Tap into the resources and people who will support you along the way!
*As always, if you are going to interact with strangers online, you may encounter bullies and even sexual predators. Be careful about what you share, and never agree to meet anyone offline unless it’s in a public place, you feel 100% safe, and a trusted friend or parent knows where you are going or is coming with you.