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Bored of Chillin’ in the Closet? Why not check out these Coming Out Books!
Coming out can be a daunting task no matter your age or situation. After all, it’s about a secret you’ve kept to just yourself up to that point, so naturally you’ll have built up expectations, fears, and insecurities surrounding the relationships with the people you’re coming out too. We’ve looked at some books that are all about coming out, whether it’s a biography from someone who’s done it, a self-help book for someone who’s thinking about it, or even a fictional story (that may or may not involve romance blossoming!) we’ve got them listed below.
French firm under fire for spyware it claims can tell parents if their sons are GAY by searching for 'clues' in their computer and Facebook usage
A French company has come under fire after advertising that its spyware can 'find out if your son is gay.'
Fireworld - which creates 'invisible PC spy software' - posted an article suggesting parents could use its technology to hack their son's Facebook accounts to look for 'clues' to confirm suspicions about their children's sexuality.
The article has since been taken down, but not before it was spotted by a French LGBTQ rights group which is now speaking out against the firm, along with internet commenters and even politicians.
The 20 Colleges Most Hostile to LGBT Students
Target to introduce gender-neutral children's product line
Retail giant Target continues to embrace gender neutrality in its stores.
In 2015, the company eliminated gender signage in its children’s toy aisles and in 2016, it announced an inclusive bathroom policy allowing transgender customers to use the bathroom which matches their gender identity.
On 17 July, Target will introduce a line of gender-neutral children’s products from Toca Boca, a Stockholm-based company.
Just in time for back-to-school shopping, the Toca Boca collection will boast a large assortment of clothing, sleepwear, bedding, backpacks, accessories and more.
Gay Star News
Drug use higher among NYC’s LGBT students
NEW YORK — Drug use in New York City’s public high schools is higher among LGBT students and those questioning their sexuality than among heterosexual students, according to reports from the city’s Health Department, Crains New York reports.
Gay and bisexual students and those unsure about their sexuality were twice as likely as their straight counterparts to report using illegal drugs in their lifetime, according to the 2015 survey cited in the report.
Guys reveal the craziest things they’ve done to stay in the closet
A new Reddit thread asks users: What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve done to conceal that you are gay? And the responses vary from funny to sad to downright ridiculous.
“Married a woman,” one person writes.
“Same,” someone else replies, “but now I have two kids who I would never give up for anything… so, I’m conflicted. My ex has an awesome boyfriend (so do I), and we all get along together. It’s worked out great, but I wouldn’t recommend it.”
“I would erase the gay porn search history and then leave some fake traces of straight porn search result on the family computer,” another person says.
This Gay Man Breaks the Silence on His Domestic Abuse Horror Story
As we begin the Pride season I feel a sense of peace and serenity, reflecting on my journey. I am grateful to be a thriving out gay man living in the city of Chicago, my home since birth. I haven't always felt this way. In fact, I never thought I'd live to see my 30s, let alone live into my 50s. I'm a survivor of child sexual assault. I am also a survivor of domestic abuse. I experienced mental abuse in my relationship with my second wife. After I came out as gay, I endured relentless mental and physical abuse at the hands of a male partner.
You may have read about the horrendous crime I suffered as a child. I shared that story with the world a few years back. It was painful to reveal my truth but also liberating. I was raped at age 9 by serial killer John Wayne Gacy. As a child I was not able to talk about this tragedy. It was taboo. I lived my life in the shadows. I lived in silence. I lived in shame. I never thought my strict Catholic family would understand.
Parents outraged by LGBTQ page in high school yearbook
Ealier this month, several parents were furious and disgusted to discover a yearbook page dedicated to Atasocita High School’s LGBTQ students.
In order to be more inclusive, yearbook editors profiled four queer youngsters, who shared their experiences coming out over a rainbow-hued background.
Now, irate parents have been writing into Atascocita.com to threaten and insult the yearbook’s Editor-in-Chief, recent graduate Kyle Armour.
“People were saying he was dumb, not smart, that I should not be proud of who he is,” said Kyle’s mom, Kimblerly Hicks Armour.
How to Really Help Gay Teens Thrive
Even though acceptance is growing for LGBT teens, the world isn’t quite changing fast enough: Multiple recent studies show that LGBT teens have less life satisfaction and more depression than their straight peers, in part because so many face harassment.
LGBT teens are more likely to be suspended or expelled from schools, sometimes because they were trying to protect themselves from bullies. Other kids ?might drop out on their own or switch to a different school in search of a more welcoming environment.
But a recent study published in the Journal of Homosexuality found that gay, bisexual, and lesbian teens who simply switched schools or living situations did not fare as well as their peers who linked up with larger LGBT groups. For the study, the University of Arizona youth development professor Russell Toomey and his co-authors relied on a sample of people in their early 20s who were recruited from LGBT organizations near San Francisco. They examined the correlations between the kinds of strategies the young adults had used to cope with the stress of being a sexual minority in high school and their overall well-being in young adulthood.
If your parents react badly when you come out, this gay man’s story will give you hope
As coming out stories go, Florida’s Bryan Blaise didn’t go as well as he might have hoped.
In a video he has made for I’m From Driftwood, the ground breaking archive of LGBTI voices, he recalls going home aged 22 to tell his parents over dinner that he had started dating a man.
His father put down his cutlery, took a deep breath and said, ‘Okay, how do you justify this by the scriptures?’
His mother ran out of the room to grab a Bible. She returned and proceeded to read out passages that she believed condemned his sexual orientation.
Gay Star News
Adult behavior sets a deadly example for youth by encouraging bullying
Ryan Patrick Halligan was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1990. His parents described him as a shy, sensitive, and affectionate young child with an infectious smile that early on drew people close. Before he entered school, his parents had concerns about his speech, language, and motor skills development, and from preschool through fourth grade, they enrolled Ryan in special education services.
The family moved to Essex Junction, Vermont, where, by the fifth grade, he encountered bullying on a regular basis in his school. Rumors soon circulated throughout the school that Ryan was gay. By middle school, his classmates continually teased and harassed him for his learning disability and because they thought he was gay. They soon extended their taunts against Ryan into cyberspace.
No true count of homeless LGBTQ youth makes problem difficult to address
Being 15 years old isn’t easy for a lot of people. You’re a freshman in high school and really starting to come into your own. You’re trying to figure out where you belong and what you want to do with your future.
Imagine going through your early teenage years without the support and acceptance of your family, with no place to call home, turning to drugs and living in constant fear.
That was Sage Moctezuma’s life when she was 15.
Moctezuma, now 22, was assigned male at birth but said she didn’t identify with her assigned gender. She lived as a gay male for a while, but today she is living as a transgender woman. She said her family accepted her being a gay male but struggled to accept her for being transgender, having no knowledge or tolerance for the transgender lifestyle.
“They had nothing to give me there, so I had to take off,” Moctezuma said. “They weren’t supportive or anything like that. I had to kind of make my own way for awhile.”
She began using drugs and attempted suicide twice. She left home and, for several years, lived with anyone willing to give her a place to stay.
How do I tell my dad I know he’s gay?
He’s a great guy, and a good father.
Though 52-years-old, he’s gone to great lengths to conceal his sexuality: He’s staunchly conservative, a Trump voter who thinks Pope Francis is “too progressive,” and a devout Catholic to boot. So how to approach the issue that he’s gay and his son knows it?
That’s the question bibleguy420 is posing to the Reddit community, writing that his father is
This Is How Coming Out Frees You
Unless born in a very open-minded family or society, every gay person in the world has probably felt it. Pulse racing, thoughts scattered, heart thumping so fast he worries it may explode. Every gay person in the world has probably felt the horror, the fear of coming out. I know, because I’ve felt it.
Our stories differ, this I’m certain. The feelings we felt when we first revealed one of life’s biggest secrets vary from fright to excitement. The feelings we felt when that someone whom we shared our real story to also vary from relief to sadness to joy. But one thing remains: we did it, and we succeeded with rainbow colors (pun intended).
What follows then is simple advice from someone who’s done it, which I hope will somehow inspire or at least give much clearer insights to other gay people who are still hiding in the closet.
Gay, trans and homeless: Inside Philly’s LGBTQ Home for Hope
It’s a Thursday night on North Hutchinson Street, a few blocks from a Save-A-Lot and Kicks USA, where kids are laughing and fooling around outside on an unusually warm night. The neighborhood, a mix of shopping plazas and burnt-out buildings, shows signs of decay along with promising new commerce. Two cats streak down the street – one dodges under a car and another climbs a fence. A few men sit on a nearby porch drinking from paper bags. A couple mingles close in the shadows of a streetlight, their faces obscured in the dark.
On this night in February, several dozen residents of the LGBTQ Home for Hope, a homeless shelter in the Fairhill neighborhood of North Philadelphia, are gathered in the common room to listen to rules about responding to fire alarms and doing chores. For some residents – they range in age from 19 to 67 – the home is their last chance for a roof over their heads after ejections from more mainstream shelters. For others, it is the first time they are clean and sober, trying to recover what they once had: a job, family and a place to live.