My mum will be devastated if I come out as gay too
DEAR DEIDRE: MY brother told my mum he was gay and she was devastated. So how can I tell her I’m gay too?
I’m a woman of 24 and am in my first relationship. I met my girlfriend at university and she makes me really happy.
None of my family are aware of my sexuality, but Mum is old-fashioned and she is always talking about being a grandma and me getting married “to a man”.
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My girlfriend is out with her family and I feel it’s time to tell Mum, but I’m just not sure how to.
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I’m scared she will reject me. I think she’d rather find out I was dead than that I’ve got a girlfriend.
DEIDRE SAYS: You can still get married and have a family in a same-sex relationship.
Finding the right words to talk to your mother may feel difficult, especially as she has already made assumptions about your sexuality – parents often do.
For support, contact FFLAG (fflag.org.uk, 0300 688 0368), who have a booklet called How To Tell My Parents.
This organisation can help your mum to have a better understanding, too.
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