BeLonG To launches coming out guides for young people and parents ahead of Pride

BeLonG To Youth Services have launched guides on coming out for young people and parents of LGBT+ children ahead of Pride.

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BeLonG To has released two new resources focused on the topic of coming out for Pride month. One is for young people who are considering coming out and the other is a guide for parents. The guides are available free of charge for young people, families, schools, youth services and anyone who is working with LGBT+ young people. You can order your copy here.

‘Coming Out As You: A Guide for Young People’ is aimed towards teenagers and young adults who may be unsure of their identity or are thinking of coming out. The guide assures young people ‘It’s OK to take time to discover what feels right for you. You know yourself best and can choose how you want to identify or choose not to define yourself by any label.’

‘Coming Out: A Guide for Parents’ is aimed towards parents whose child has recently come out. The guide is aimed at reassuring parents and supporting them in their child’s coming out process. “It can be tough on a parent when their child comes out as LGBTI+

“Now it’s your turn to deal with this in the best way that you can.”

BeLonG To Youth Services is a national organisation that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBT+) young people in Ireland. Working with young people between the ages of 14 and 23, the group aims to help create a world where LGBT+ young people are equal, safe and valued in the diversity of their identities and experiences.

 

If you are a young person in the process of coming out BeLonG To offer a range of supports, including a listing of LGBT+ youth groups nationwide which you can find here.

If you are a parent of a child who is LGBT+ LOOK (Loving Our Out Kids) is a support group that can offer support and advice to parents. The group meet on the first Thursday of every month at 8:00 pm at BeLonG To, 13 Parliament Street, Dublin 1. You can also call them on 087 253 7699 or email [email protected] to talk.

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