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A Phone Call Away

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For one caller to the GLBT National Help Center, coming out to his parents started with a phone call that went like this:

Son: “I have something I want to talk to you both about.  But I’m really not sure how to put it.”

Mom: (short silence) “Then why don’t you just PUT IT.”

Son: (another short silence) “I’m gay.”

Dad: (sigh)

Mom: (gasp) “I knew you were going to say that.”

Dad: “Are you just feeling like you are gay? Or are you living the gay lifestyle.  Because if you are that is what is wrong.”

Son: “Yes Dad. I’m living the gay lifestyle.  If that is what you want to call it.”

The caller said that he was living on his own and had a stable career when he made this call. The call ended by the parents telling him that they still loved him and they would work through this together.  

That evening he called the GLBT National Help Center to talk to a peer councilor about the call and was equally upset and relieved.

By the end of the his call with us, he had not only talked through some of his frustrations, but he also had a list of local services in his town that may be of help to a gay man living alone. 

While coming out and “being gay” is becoming more acceptable for some, it is still a very painful and traumatic process for many. 

 The GLBT National Help Center is here for that reason.  We offer not only peer counseling and facts about safe sex, but we also offer referrals through our massive database of GLBT related services. 

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Written by glbtnhc

May 29, 2013 at 6:40 am

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  1. For anyone in the LGBT community who may be reading this, I support you! It is an outright crime if there is anyone, at all, who does not support YOU for who YOU are. If you are reading this, know that you are absolutely perfect, and that is the bottom line. That sentence may be hard to believe if you have been through years of abuse. But it is so true.

    I identify as a member of the LGBT community. I don’t want to see any other person like me who feels ashamed, depressed, anxious, or suicidal because others find shame in us. You are strong and beautiful. Listen to the quiet part of your heart, which tells the truth. It will never say that there is anything wrong with you. I know how hard it can be to find acceptance from outside the LGBT community (and we ARE a giant community!). You might feel as though you are on an island by yourself. But we are all on a big, big continent together.

    Take a deep breath right as you are reading this. Release all the pressure that is within you, and know that there is 100% nothing at all wrong with you. I offer you my understanding and hope to give you some peace and grounding with this post. Stay strong and be yourself, always and forever.


    June 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm

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