For support on coming out, you can visit the Lesbian and Gay Foundation's website, www.lgf.org.uk/comingout, where you’ll find lots of practical advice and some tips to remember before coming out.
They've also produced a guide for the families of those who have come out. Our Kids Are Alright! is available to download:
(you will be prompted to download or save the pdf file).
While we celebrate those who were able to come out, we should remember that in some cases there was 'collateral damage'.
For a partner or spouse to discover after years, sometimes decades, that their relationship is not what they thought it was can be devastating and traumatic to say the least. The effect on children of the relationship can be just as troubled.
Feelings may range from betrayal through shame (at having been fooled, for instance) to relief (now it's obvious why things were rocky). Often the partner will have no idea of where to turn for advice or support. Here are some ideas:
Straight Partners Anonymous
Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Channel 4 documentary My Husband’s Gay told 4 different stories:
(Sadly, I could not find the actual video.)
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