Should I tell my friends that I am gay?

How do I tell my parents or friends that I am gay or lesbian?

It is best to start the coming-out where you can expect good reactions: with best friends, siblings, favorite aunts, trust teachers. With support in your back you can tackle the harder chunks. Taking care of what happens afterwards is also very important, says Rich Schmidt. "You should be clear about what reactions you can expect and how to deal with them." Seeking help on the Internet can be helpful. There are tons of coming-out stories on websites, forums or social networks, where you can talk to other people in the same situation. An estimated five to fifteen percent of people are attracted to their own gender: So a lot of people have already come out. Not only did they survive the whole thing, but in most cases came out stronger. Some do not have to actively come out, "slow coming-out" is what Manuel, 24, calls it: "I was young, I had never kissed a man, I didn't know if I was gay, but somehow I liked Robbie Williams sticking topless on my school supplies. " At the same time, his parents and everyone around him noticed that he was more interested in men than women. You were virtually there live during his coming-out process because he never pretended to be.