Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - IDENTITY -

DON’T be of­fended that they haven’t come to you sooner. This ini­tial move is about your loved one, not you. You can process your feel­ings later on.

DON’T spread the news with­out ap­proval. This could be an ir­repara­ble breach of trust.

DON’T bad­ger for a spe­cific gen­der iden­tity la­bel. Com­ing out is not a des­ti­na­tion and it could take some time for a la­bel to feel right, if it ever does. In­stead, ask about hap­pi­ness lev­els.

DO of­fer to help with prac­ti­cal­i­ties. Of­fer to re­search ca­pa­ble GPs, ther­a­pists, free on­line coun­selling. And find out about com­mu­nity sup­port groups where there will be an ad­vanced un­der­stand­ing of where your loved one is at.

DO re­search, and share in­for­ma­tion in a non-pres­sur­ing way. This will help to keep com­mu­ni­ca­tion open, hon­est and in­formed.

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