DEAR DEIDRE: HOW can I tell Mum I’m gay when she thinks all LGBT people do is have sex?
I’m a guy of 25 and out to my friends but not Mum.
I’m ashamed of lying and I think she suspects but she’s old-fashioned and if I told her who I hang out with, she’d think it was just about sex.
I’m an active member of the gay community in our city and it’s not all about sex.
I go to clubs, parties and even saunas and don’t have sex every time.
I don’t want to shock my mum and for her to disown me – but I don’t like lying to her either.
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DEIDRE SAYS: It is sad to feel pressured into deceiving your mother because of her prejudices, but it is common for parents to be more understanding than their LBGTQ+ children expect.
If you feel ready to come out to her, it can make a big difference to get support to help you choose the right words and approach.
Families and Friends of Lesbians And Gays has a downloadable booklet called How Do I Tell My Parents?(fflag.org.uk, 0845 652 0311).
They can also talk your mum through any worries she has.
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