Whether or not this is your first time standing up and declaring your identity. We recognize that “coming out” is not a one-time event but a continuous journey, BCC is committed to proudly standing beside you on the voyage. Below you will find some resources to understand more about what coming out means, how to be an ally, and articles to help in the different stages of coming out.
Why is it essential to acknowledge the importance of a supported Coming Out process?
According to The Trevor Project, “suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24. Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one-quarter report having made a suicide attempt. And young adults who are questioning their sexual identity are three times more likely. When compared to their straight peers, suicide attempts by LGBT youth and questioning youth are four to six times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose requiring treatment from a doctor or nurse.” The adult statistics are just as grim. So, we, as a college community, reach out to say we hear you, we see you, and we applaud you.