This article was published on July 23rd, 2015
Gay pride events in Canada are very different than other pride events around the world. This is because Canada has been a world-leader in equality rights for decades. In Canada, pride celebrates equality, rights, freedoms, and diversity. Regardless of where you celebrate, gay pride is an important part of gay culture, giving individuals the confidence, dignity, and satisfaction to come together, publicly acknowledging their own sexuality.
Pride events are a positive stance against discrimination and violence against the LGBT community, through public visibility, bringing greater awareness to LGBT rights movements around the world. The energy generated from these events makes it easier and more comfortable for individuals to come out, and to be open about their sexuality.
With Vancouver Pride just around the corner, here are five tips to help individuals take some much needed weight off their shoulders and proudly step out of the closet, allowing them to celebrate their own sexuality, in a safe, confident, and open environment:
Be sure of your sexuality: While you may or may not have had sexual experiences with the sexuality you identify with, it is important to know and understand your feelings.
- Confide in someone you trust: You are under no obligation to come out ot the entire world at once; however, coming out to someone you trust, like a best friend, will make it easier. They will be there to guide and support you, for you are, regardless of your sexuality.
- Choose the right time: If you are living at home and don’t feel your parents will be supportive, you may consider waiting to tell them when you’re in a situation where you have a safe place to stay. When coming out at work, talk to your manager or HR department to understand company policies. Today, most employers, like Sparkling Hills Resort, have codes of conduct that ensure all employees are protected.
- Just say it. Don’t beat around the bush and get into long and confusing stories. Just come right out and say it. You’ll feel a huge sense of relief, like a weight being lifted off your shoulders.
- Be ready to answer questions. The person you are sharing your news with will likely have a lot of questions, like when did you first realize your sexuality, how you know, and if you have a partner. Be ready to answer these questions truthfully, and honestly. The person you are telling may not have a lot of knowledge or experience in LGBT topics, so you may have to educate them when coming out.
Everyone has their own, unique, coming out story. Most people who have come out have had a good experience, with little or no issues. It’s very freeing and people often comment later that they wish they had come out earlier. Today, coming out is easier, thanks to pride events and celebrations, media attention, and generally people being accepting of all sexualities.
This Vancouver Pride, if you’re bursting to come out of the closet, do it with pride! And if your closet is bursting at the seams, call Alluster Storage, a valet storage service, ready to help you make more room in your closet. Alluster Storage service delivers storage boxes to your home that you can pack and inventory the belongings that are cluttering up your space, including seasonal clothing, sports gear, books, and mementoes. You can even store your bike, skis, and snowboard. With Alluster Storage, you’ll have room in your condo to entertain and celebrate Vancouver Pride.
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