How to Support LGBTQ+ People with I/DD to Come Out

Are you someone the people you work with can turn to when making this big decision?

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“Being in the closet, it is so much pressure living day to day with the lie of not being who I am.”

This quote, from an anonymous self-advocate, highlights the struggle and pain a person can feel when they can’t be who they really are. In our professional roles, we want to be able to support people with disabilities no matter what.

In the spirit of “nothing about us without us” and the focus on sexual self advocacy, this handout, Top Ways Teachers and Service Providers Can Support a Person who is Coming Out LGBTQ, by GMSA and SARTAC, includes self advocates voices as they describe their feelings about being LBGTQ+ and some of the negative situations that they have experienced. They also give tips to support someone who is LGBTQ and has a developmental disability.

After reading this handout choose one step you can take towards becoming more inclusive and accepting of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

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