A Guide to LGBTQ+ Identity and Being True to You

Finding your identity

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Dear Max,

I’m struggling with my identity, can you help?

-John, Kansas

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Dear John,

Absolutely, and I’m glad you reached out. Struggling with your identity is a common experience in the LGBTQ+ community, and it’s a sign of deep self-reflection, which is commendable. Remember, identity isn’t just about labels or fitting into specific categories; it’s about understanding and accepting who you are at your core.

First, it’s important to give yourself permission to not have all the answers right away. Exploring your identity is a journey, not a race. It’s okay to question, to feel uncertain, and to change your mind. This process is deeply personal and unique to each individual.

If you’re comfortable, consider reaching out to supportive friends, family, or members of the LGBTQ+ community. Sometimes, just talking about your feelings and experiences can bring clarity. Also, remember that there are numerous resources and support groups available, both online and offline, that cater to people exploring their identity.

Another helpful step could be journaling your thoughts and feelings. Writing can help you process your emotions and make sense of your internal experience. Reflect on what makes you feel happy, fulfilled, and authentic.

Lastly, if you find that this struggle with identity is significantly impacting your mental health or daily life, it might be beneficial to speak with a therapist, especially one who specializes in LGBTQ+ issues. They can provide a safe space to explore your identity without judgment.

Remember, your identity is valid, no matter where you are in your journey of self-discovery. Embrace the process, be kind to yourself, and trust that with time and exploration, things will become clearer.

Good luck!

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