If you're just starting to question whether you're gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, it's probably a pretty scary and confusing time in your life. You might not yet feel comfortable discussing your concerns with friends or family members. Or perhaps you're ready to seek out support or community but don't know where to go. Not that long ago, you would have had to do a lot of furtive reading in bookstores and libraries before you were ready to venture out in the world. Now you can make that initial exploration a little more safely and anonymously.
If your child, sibling, parent, or spouse has just come out, you're probably bewildered, and possibly terrified. At the very least, you'll need to adjust to what may be a big change in your life and expectations. The Web is a great place to start seeking information.
- It helps to be familiar with the terminology. GLBT refers to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender. Sometimes you'll also see Q for Queer and/or Q for Questioning. GLBT and LGBT are the most common catchall abbreviations. If you type either into a search engine, you'll find many community sites. To gain familiarity with GLBT terms, take a look at this Swedish site.
- Try to avoid just typing the words, "gay," "lesbian," "bisexual," or "transgender" into a search engine without any modifying terms. While you'll certainly get some informational sites, you'll also get a lot of pornography. That can be pretty jarring if it's not what you're seeking.
- The anonymity of the Web is part of what makes it a great starting place when you're first seeking information about yourself or a GLBT loved one. As you get more comfortable, the Web will help you find others for support.
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