I’m struggling with coming out to my parents as Transgender. They’re not accepting of LGBTQ people… What should I do?

Thank you for asking this question! We are sorry you are not getting the support that you need. At Teen Clinic, we understand that coming out can feel scary or isolating.

If you don’t feel comfortable telling your parents, maybe you can start with talking to another trusted adult.  That can be a variety of different people. That might be a mentor, teacher, school counselor, or older sibling.  Talking with this trusted adult could possibly help you practice what you want to say. And it is very likely this person can help you and support you if/when you decide to talk to your parents.

If you live in the Boulder area it would be worth checking out OASOS. This  is a weekly peer support group for questioning, queer, intersex, pansexual, transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay youth. The groups are drop in – so you can attend whenever you feel comfortable. The groups are safe, confidential and free. It’s a great opportunity to meet other LGBTIQ youth, gain support from peers and LGBTIQ adult mentors, and have fun through a variety of different educational and social activities. If you have any other questions about group, please don’t hesitate to call their office at (303) 579-2676. 

Whatever you do, know that people are here for you. You can always visit Teen Clinic to talk with our non-judgmental, friendly and caring health care professionals. Know that you have support and resources in the community so you don’t have to go through it alone.