Love and Relationships

Guide for Gay Living

Jim Duke

Guide for Gay Living – Coming Out — Family Function and Dysfunction

The process of coming out is an ongoing one, not a singular event. In recent show, I spoke with Rich Clemons, The Coming Out Coach about coming out at various life stages and how one’s age and independence affects coming out. In this show, I look in more detail about how the process is affected by family function and dysfunction. What circumstances make it easier to come out? Why are some families more accepting than others? Is a family member who is “gay positive” guaranteed to be a source of support? What makes it difficult to even consider sexual orientation as an issue? Empty Closets is a website that provides resources and information about coming out and the various stages one faces in coming to terms to sexual orientation.