There's no question that coming out can be really hard. But hiding who you are can end up having a negative effect on your self esteem. When you're finally ready to come clean to your folks about your sexual preference, it's important to take a few things into consideration.

When dating coach J. Cameron Gantt explains that you have to make sure that you're coming out because you're ready and not because you feel any other external pressures to do so, we couldn't agree more. Make sure the decision to come out is truly all yours. If you are not ready to come out then do not allow an outside force to put that pressure on you. Next, he says, tell some friends or siblings if you haven't already because they will serve as "your first line of support." Coming out to your siblings is perfect because they will look after you no matter what is going on. They look out for you and fight for even if that means fighting against your parents. Coming out to friends is a little more tricky. It is hard to tell which of your friends will truly stand by you through this new period of your life. The friend who will stand by your side is going to help you on this journey.

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