I am worried my family will judge me if I come out as gay

I am a gay 16-year-old male and I want to come out to my family but I know my life will be completely different afterwards.

My 14-year-old sister is old enough to understand but not the ten-year-old.

I know my family will support me and not judge me but I am still scared.

I have no other gay friends who I can talk to about this and my straight mates do not understand my point of view.

DEIDRE SAYS: Do not be in too much of a hurry to label your sexuality but start focusing on your emotional needs and less on your family’s.

Enjoy your friendships with both sexes for now. There will be time enough to tell others you are gay when you meet someone special.

When you are ready to come out, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays can help (fflag.org.uk, 0845 652 0311). My e-leaflet on Gay Worries can help too.

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