3 Tips to Survive the Holidays with Your Homophobic Family.

When Avoiding Them, or Them Avoiding You, Isn’t Possible.

Every year, I remember the fighting, the drunkenness, and the obviously toxic family member that made it so.

Gay culture is surviving and thriving. Some activists believe the recent rise in homophobic violence might be a gauge of the success of positive gay images. — Lance Loud

Tip #1: Bring A Friend With You To Dinner.

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…being disowned by my only living parent was not what I expected — but I should have.

Tip #2: If You’re Not Out, Make Sure You’re Safe Before Coming Out.

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Be safe.

Tip #3: Know When to Escape a Toxic Situation.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, gay, straight, come from different countries, different language… every single person is significant and is meaningful. — Michael Franti

Bonus Tip: You’re Worth More Than Your Family’s Acceptance.

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Choose yourself.

“The blood of the covenant is stronger than the water of the womb.” — Unknown

What matters is that you’re living your best life.

Former HuffPost writer, Professional Author & Graphic Designer, BA in English & Graphic Design.

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