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Posted: 10/4/2017 - Every year on National Coming Out Day (NCOD), we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), non-straight, non-cis, or as an ally. Oct. 11, 2017 is the 29th anniversary of NCOD. Coming out is a process, not a one-time event. It can relieve a great deal of stress & unhappiness & build self-esteem, as well as help improve relationships. There are also risks associated with coming out, & it is important to consider how you could cope with the potential consequences.

When someone tells you that they are LGBTQ, they are letting you know that you are important to them. Here are some tips:

- Listen & thank them for trusting you - Don’t tell others unless the person gives you express permission - Don’t pressure someone to come out if they aren’t ready. Everyone comes out on their own terms/in their own time - Ask how they are doing & how you can support them

More information: www.ucmo.edu/counsel