Stonewall launches new ‘coming out’ guidance for young people

Stonewall today launches a new guide for young people who think they might be lesbian, gay or bisexual. Launched today ahead of Saturday’s National Coming Out Day, Coming Out: Answers to Some of the Questions You May Have discusses in plain English issues including religion, having children, getting married and bullying at school.

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Stonewall’s Wayne Dhesi joined TOWIE’s Charlie King and the Daily Star’s James Ingham on This Morning to discuss the importance of coming out and some of the issues that young people still face.

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Stonewall’s research shows that homophobic bullying remains endemic in British schools and that many young people still feel isolated and unsupported when coming out. Coming Out provides practical information on how to talk to friends and family as well as information on how to access support that is available across the country.

Wayne Dhesi, Stonewall’s Youth Coordinator, said: ‘Coming out can be a daunting and confusing time for young people. Our latest guidance addresses many of the common questions that this process presents in a positive and down-to-earth way that young people can relate to and understand.’

Stonewall’s Coming Out guide follows on from ‘So you think your child is gay?’ – a guide for parents who think their child might be lesbian, gay or bisexual. The new resource will be distributed to local authorities, schools, libraries and community and youth groups across Britain.

Coming Out: Answers to Some of the Questions You May Have can be downloaded from Stonewall’s website: www.stonewall.org.uk/comingoutguide

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