Do you know someone who is gay? A friend or co-worker, a son or
daughter, mother or father, brother or sister? Perhaps you suspect
they might be gay but they haven’t come out of the closet yet?
Or maybe they are out of the closet, but are struggling to find
confidence in themselves. It doesn’t really matter what the
situation… the important question is… are you supporting him
or her? Do they know that you accept them for who they are?
If not, why not? You should tell them. It’s that simple. It is
all too common for a gay man or lesbian, whether they are young
or old, to struggle to ACCEPT THEMSELVES. Imagine how hard that
is when they aren’t sure whether their loved ones accept and
Being in the closet can be a horrible experience. Your life is a
huge secret. The emotional, mental, and even physical strains
that secret causes can be extremely detrimental. Long term effects
can be depression and anxiety, mental breakdowns, even suicide. The
closet is no place for someone. Closets are for brooms, not people.
It’s amazing how much even one small, supportive gesture from you
can inspire confidence and hope in someone who is struggling with
being gay. Don’t underestimate how much your positive thoughts
and support could mean to a gay friend or relative.
Even if they aren’t struggling (at least outwardly), you can never
be too supportive. Show your support directly by sending an email
or a card. Indirectly, get a mug or t-shirt that shows your support.
Display a rainbow (a gay pride symbol) on your car, in your home, or
at your workplace. If you love them, do SOMETHING, ANYTHING!
You can find rainbow gifts (hats, shirts, mugs, mousepads, and more)
For products with a message like: “Closets are for brooms, not people”
To send a free e card, visit
If someone who is gay or lesbian should have the courage to come out
of the closet, you should at least have the courage to show your
support. Think about it.