Hiding who you are can be a big struggle and it can also mean you miss out on certain things like your partner being able to build relationships with your family. Many young people come out to their family so they can be honest with them about their lives and do things like bring their partner to a family event.
Just because you have come out to some people, it doesn’t mean you have to come out to everyone. Your family may know you are gay but you may not want to tell work colleagues- that’s ok, it’s up to you to decide who you want to tell and when.
Some people find being out makes life a lot easier. It could mean they can be honest about where they socialise, who their partner is and other things about their life that they’d have to hide if they didn’t want people to know they were lesbian, gay or bisexual.
Unfortunately we live in a society where a lot of people assume that everybody is heterosexual. Sometimes it can be frustrating if you are LGB to listen to people make assumptions about your partner’s sex and other things impacted by your sexual orientation telling them that you are gay can be a useful way to end these assumptions.
Coming out can also be of really great value to the LGB community as a whole. Letting people know that there are lots of LGB people out there who come from all different backgrounds, dress and act in all different ways and who all have different kinds of interests can help people to understand that being LGB isn’t unusual or even that exciting, it’s just normal.