My Sister Is A Lesbian

My Sister is a Lesbian – Why Siblings of LGBT People Need Your Love and Support

My sister is lesbian

Coming out as LGBT can be deeply transformative for anyone involved, yet can also cause ripple effects across a family and wider circle of friends. Siblings of LGBT individuals must often deal with various challenges like homophobia, discrimination and social stigma in dealing with their sibling’s sexual orientation – often depending on age, relationship dynamics with your sibling(s), parental influence and religious views – though always remembering they need love and support no matter the situation.

Your LGBT sibling may need you now more than ever. According to a recent study, gay and lesbian siblings experience higher rates of depression and anxiety compared to heterosexual siblings due to stigmatization and discrimination they experience, which often leads to feelings of loneliness and self-hatred.

Keep in mind that your sibling may have been living as a lesbian for some time before telling you. They may have even dated or been involved with women before coming out, which may make letting go difficult. Furthermore, their experience in women’s rights movements may have had an effect on how they view themselves sexually gendered.

That is why it is essential that you listen and respect the boundaries of your sibling. While you don’t have to agree, listening and asking questions about their perspective will allow you to better understand their feelings as they navigate this new stage of their life.

In the 1970s, openly lesbian people emerged into political and social activism roles. Nancy Wechsler became the first openly lesbian person ever elected to serve on a city council, while Madeline Davis introduced an affirmative plank on sexual equality to the Democratic Party platform. Additionally, lesbians established feminist organization NOW (National Organization of Women). And Olivia Records released women’s music at that same time. Additionally, Lesbian Herstory Archives were established during this same year.

Statistics reveal that LGBT individuals are at greater risk for experiencing violence due to their gender or sexuality, so regardless of whether your sibling identifies as LGBT, you should discuss ways for them to remain safe if they find themselves being harassed or threatened by others.

Your relationship with your sibling may allow for telling them before their coming-out to others, however if this is not possible it’s ok to wait and figure out your role in their coming-out process. Be careful not to pressure or pressurize them – simply being there as support can help make their coming out process less daunting and stressful for both of you.

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