Because of the difficulty of growing up in a largely homophobic society, people who are LGBTQA+ may experience guilt, isolation, depression, suicidal feelings, and low self-esteem. As LGBTQA+ people become more in touch with their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, they may experience any number of these thoughts and feelings to some degree.
On the positive side, coming out can be an extremely liberating, positive experience, as LGBTQA+ people learn who they are, gain respect for themselves, and find friends to relate to. Coming out to others can be an anxious process, as the individual worries about rejection, ridicule, and the possible loss of family, friends, religion, and employment. For students, school life is already stress filled, and adding the process of grappling with one’s sexual orientation and gender identity to that mix can be overwhelming for some.