First thing you need to know….YOU are normal! You most definitely do not have an illness nor a mental disease if you are thinking and feeling through this part of your life. In fact, you are supposed to go through this.
The first thing to do is understand the language around this subject: LGBTQ Terms & Definitions.
Sexual orientation (and Gender Identity/Gender Expression) is something that virtually everyone goes through at some point in their life. Determining your sexual preference occurs traditionally during your adolescent years. For some people, it is almost an afterthought. For others, such as yourself, it is a deliberate thinking and feeling experience. However, it is very common for adults to revisit their sexual orientation likes/dislikes later in life.
Many public figures have made this journey of sexual and gender exploration more than once. The good news is that our society is better able to handle this than it was 10 or 20 years ago. Yet it is still not a perfect society so we are here to help you in your LGBTQ+ journey. It is your personal story and only you can define it, refine it and determine your direction.
If you have made a life decision and want someone to talk to about it then give us a call. We can help you determine IF and When coming out to friends and family is appropriate. You are in control at all times. We work as your sounding board and can help you with your approach and even role play if you feel the need to do that. Together we can do this if it is your desire. We are here afterwards to help you process the experience for better or worse.
We will also encourage you to seek out of institutions for support. They are uniquely experienced in assisting you, too.
The only thing to fear is the confusion in your head and heart. You life depends on you being authentically who you truly are…..right now!