How to respond when a person states, 'I'm gay'

  • How to respond when a person states, 'I'm gay'
  • How to respond when a person states, 'I'm gay'

    Bass is an award winning pop musician, tv and film producer, and also cosmonaut. Bass backs a wide array of campaigns and companies, consisting of the National Space Society, uBid For Hurricane Relief, and also the Gay, Lesbian as well as Straight Education And Learning Network. He is also on the board of supervisors for the Environmental Media Association. (Larry Busacca\/Getty Images)

    Vocalist Ricky Martin made it official this summer season: he is gay. For Martin, it was not exactly a surprise, and neither were the actions I spoke with friends and coworkers.

    \"It's about time,\" one said. \"Duh!\" claimed an additional. There was a carolers of sarcastic \"I'm shocked.\"

    However then my associate, Aisha Sultan, asked a concern that I could not right away respond to: What is the appropriate action when somebody informs you \"I'm gay\"?

    I 'd never ever really given it much idea. At the very least not just recently. It's been a decade or so because I appeared to my household, as well as my good friends understood years before that. Yet I strongly remember that gnawing feeling, the sleep deprived evenings weighing the pros and cons of appearing. Despite the fact that I assumed my household understood, ultimately I felt it vital for them to hear me say it.

    There is a likelihood that a member of the family will certainly pertain to you and also claim \"I'm gay\". What you state next is practically as essential as your loved one's admission.

    Actions differed to my information. \"We still enjoy you\" is one that protrudes. I would certainly discourage claiming that. It generally checks out: Our love is conditional however this is not enough to make me intend to abandon you. Get rid of words \"still\" and also this is a completely fine solution.

    One more to prevent: \"I always knew.\" While it may sound harmless, maybe encouraging, it really sounds like this: \"I recognized who you were before you did, and also it was evident as a result of the means you spoke, acted, the things you said, and so on\"

    My partner recommended this feedback, which I likewise such as, since it would certainly help close friends as well as colleagues. If somebody relies on you that they are gay, simply say: \"Thanks for telling me.\" It claims: I value you confiding in me.

    The feedback must be easy as well as honest. If the individual appearing wants anything even more than that, she or he will let you recognize.