Being a LGBTQ veteran and coming out to your provider

As a Veteran who identifies as LGBT or with a related identity, you may have faced discrimination or other challenges throughout various stages of your life. For example, some people hear anti-LGBT comments or have had interactions that make them feel unsafe disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity. Others may have experienced discrimination or even trauma when they came out. Some Veterans have faced pressures to hide their identity, particularly during their military service. Others have wrestled with stress in deciding whether and when to come out to family members, friends, or fellow Veterans.

Although coming out may be daunting, hiding your sexual orientation or gender identity is also stressful and can be harmful to your health. VA understands these challenges and wants to help you focus on improving your quality of life. There are resources that can help.

Visit MaketheConnection.Net to learn more.

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