Sexuality Question

I recently discovered I am bisexual

Dear Rose, I’m in my early 20s and recently discovered I am bisexual. Do you think this merits coming out? Lisa
Rose Pappalardo  |  Dear Rose

Dear Lisa, Coming out is one of the most personal things that a person can do. It opens you up to a range of other people’s emotions, biases, presumptions and prejudices.

To say it’s a tough gig is an understatement. If you ask some who’ve come out, they will tell you that it resulted in people they love rejecting them. For others, the experience was gentle and supportive. It could go either way. When contemplating coming out, you should prepare yourself that not everyone is going to greet the news with a celebration, and some people may hurt you.

Your sexuality is one of the parts of who you are, and denying who you are is an unhappy place to be in. Everyone has a different coming out story, but most agree that they wouldn’t change the feeling of being free and authentic for anything in the world. Closets are dark places; opening up the door lets the light in, and only good things come from welcoming the sun.


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