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When Someone Comes Out: Demonstrating Support & Acceptance

The term “coming out” has become so mainstream that many people assume that the phrase—and the actions it entails—is simple. However, in spite of the progress made in acceptance for people who are LGBTQ+ identified, the process can still be harrowing, especially at work.

In this session, participants will learn about what it means to come out, invite others in, and to disclose one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity today. They will also find out about some of the ways that living authentically positively impacts various aspects of the lives of people who are LGBTQ+. We’ll also review research demonstrating the power of supportive families, schools, workplaces, and communities, and learn what allies can do to celebrate and support family, friends, and/or coworkers that have come out as LGBTQ+.

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Course Length

60 minutes (in-person, online)

Who this course is for

General audience, no prior knowledge of LGBTQ+ issues required.

Leveraging PFLAG’s nearly five decades of years of experience as the nation’s original ally organization, this session will:

  • Review LGBTQ+ terminology related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as well as coming out, inviting in, and disclosure • Learn about some of the positive impacts that living authentically can have for people who are LGBTQ+
  • Discuss the power that supportive families, allies, and communities can have to create change for their LGBTQ+ loved ones
  • Get guidance on what to think about if you’re planning on coming out.
  • Share ways that allies can demonstrate their support and celebrate friends, colleagues, and family who identify as LGBTQ+
  • Provide resources from PFLAG National and partner organizations

Customized learning options available for youth-serving professionals.