Coming Out Support

By |2006-10-05T09:00:00-04:00October 5th, 2006|News|
Recommended reading

“Living Openly in Your Place of Worship,” 2006
For those who have felt the deep pull of faith and are also gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, or who are friends, neighbors, family members or allies of LGBT people, this guide will provide you with suggestions and resources about coming out and living openly in places of worship.

“Resource Guide to Coming Out,” 2006
Throughout the process of coming out and living ever more openly, you should always be in the driverÕs seat about how, where, when and with whom you choose to be open. This guide was designed to help you through that process in realistic and practical terms. It acknowledges that the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion — from fear to euphoria.

“Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World,” 2005
Robyn Ochs, Sarah Rowley, Bisexual Resource Center
A collection of essays, comments and information about bisexual people from around the world. This anthology features a wide range of people describing their lives and experiences in their own words.

“Resource Guide to Coming Out for African-Americans,” 2004
People of color may face unique challenges when they come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. To address these issues, the Coming Out Project has developed a resource on coming out in the African American community.

“Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning Son or Daughter”
By Pat Shapiro and Kevin Jennings. The first book to focus on the day-to-day experiences of adolescents dealing with sexual identity issues, it provides the insights and practical strategies parents need to support their kids and cope themselves.

“Coming Out to Parents: A Two-Way Survival Guide for Lesbians and Gay Men and Their Parents”
By Mary V. Borhek. In the thoroughly revised edition, Borhek brings an additional decade of personal knowledge and experience to bear on the subject of coming out.

For more literature on coming out, and how to find the above selections, visit

Support on the Net

Phone support

Gay and Lesbian National Hotline. Dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity. (888) 843-4564

GLBT National Youth Talkline. Provides telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. (800) 246-7743

The Trevor Helpline. A national 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention hotline for LGBT youth. (866) 488-7386

Local groups

1-3:30 p.m. Saturdays for coming out support and open discussion at Affirmations Youth Group. Call or visit for more information: 195 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, 48220. (800) 398-GAYS

Eastern Michigan University
5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays. 237 King Hall, EMU’s campus. This is a drop-in group.

Michigan State University
Several students support groups are offered. Visit for more information.

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