Coming out of the closet is a term that was coined to name the process of revealing the truth about one's sexual orientation. It is the process in which we move from pretending to be “like everybody else,” hiding our erotic nature, and “passing” in the heteronormative culture, to publicly acknowledging our same-sex attraction and claiming our truth.
The process of coming out has two important components to it. First is the seeking of public acknowledgment and acceptance in the hope to live one's life openly and authentically. Social recognition and validation is a powerful way of affirming ourselves. However, the more conservative and homophobic our environment is, the more unlikely for us to receive the validation and support we seek.
The second part of the coming out is the search for self-acceptance. This is the internal process of overcoming the cultural and familial homophobic messages that we absorbed growing up. It is the transformation of this inner voice of self-condemnation into self-acceptance. Once we are able to challenge the cultural and familial hateful messages, we will find ourselves on a path toward self-acceptance.
Gay Coming Out Therapy is geared to help you release the old ideas about what it means to be gay or LGBTQI+ person, acknowledge and validate your authentic self and use the newly found self-acceptance to build a life of fulfillment and well-being.
Gay and LGBT clients with whom we had the honor of working at our online therapy clinic in Los Angeles, California, can attest to the empowering nature of their personal journey of developing an integrated and authentic sense of self. For more information about online therapy please visit the Online Therapy Tab. We all deserve to find our voice, follow our hearts, and live our truth. You can get in touch with us via email, text, or phone. Initial phone consultation is on us. Give us a call.