How to Come Out As Nonbinary

If you’re nonbinary, you might be ready to share that information with some people in your life. The coming out process is different for everyone, so take some time to think about what you want to share. If you’re feeling scared or nervous, remember that you can choose who you tell, how you tell them, and when you share your identity with them. The most important thing is your comfort, so above all make sure you do what feels right to you.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Choosing a Process That Feels Comfortable to You
Try writing down what you want people to know before starting the conversation. It’s totally normal to feel nervous before coming out. You can help calm your nerves and feel prepared by making a general outline of what you want to say, which you can then bring with you during the conversation. Then, if you’re not sure what to say, refer back to your notes to keep the discussion focused on you and your identity. [1]
A lot of people aren’t familiar with what it means to be nonbinary. Try to think of some questions that they might ask. Jot down some answers so that you are ready to provide information.
For example, you might want to write down what being nonbinary means to you. That might mean identifying as gender fluid or gender neutral, for instance. Remember, this is different for everyone.
You might also write down whether or not you think coming out as nonbinary might impact your life. That’s something that others might want to know. They might also ask if this will impact your relationship with them.
Think about coming out to a friend or younger family member first. Younger people are more likely to be open-minded about sexuality and tend to be more progressive than older generations. If you’re nervous about how some people might react, it might be easier to have that first conversation with someone that you feel really comfortable with. Ask a younger person that you trust if they have time to talk about something important to you.
It can also be helpful to talk to someone who has experience coming out as LGBTQ+. They might have some good advice for you.
Choose who you want to tell, and remember you don’t have to come out to everyone at once. Who you come out to is your choice, so take some time to think about how you want to approach the situation. Do you want everyone to know? Are you more comfortable with the idea of having one-on-one conversations? If you’re not sure, think about people in your life who are supportive, understanding, and open-minded, and try starting there. [2]
Pick a comfortable place and a convenient time. Choose a spot where you will feel comfortable having an important conversation. This might be your living room or a friend’s house. Try to choose somewhere where you won’t be interrupted, at a time where you think the other person will be able to devote their full attention to your conversation.[3]
If you’re worried about a negative reaction, you might feel more comfortable in a public place. Think about going to a quiet coffee shop to have your talk.
Ask the other person to pick a time that’s good for them. You want to make sure they have time to talk and that they are able to give you their full attention. This might be a quick conversation, or you might end up talking for a while. Either way is fine.
Make sure you feel safe before coming out. If you are concerned that someone will have a violent reaction to your news, it might not be a good time to come out. It’s definitely okay to wait. For instance, if you depend on your parents for money or somewhere to live, think about whether you are risking your safety by coming out. [4]
Think about waiting until you can support yourself before coming out if you think your parents might react negatively.
If you choose to come out under these circumstances have a back-up plan in place. For example, ask a friend if you can stay with them for a while if necessary. You could also save up some money if that would make you feel more secure.
You might also think about writing a letter if you are concerned about a negative reaction. That will give others time to process your news.[5][Edit]Having a Constructive Conversation
Make your announcement clear and straightforward. Don’t beat around the bush or try to have your audience guess what you’re trying to say. Just state what you want to tell them right away.[6]
You might say, “Hey, Jane, I wanted to let you know that I am nonbinary. That means that I simply don’t identify as male or female.”
Maybe you also want to say something like, “I’m trusting you with this information, but it’d be great if you don’t talk about it with others. This is my story to share, okay?”
You can choose to share more about your experience or feelings, or just leave it at that. What you share is completely up to you.
Be ready to answer questions. Some people might not understand what nonbinary means. That’s okay. Just try to be patient with them. If they ask questions, it’s probably because they’re trying to understand what you’re telling them. Try to be patient and answer when you feel comfortable.[7]
For example, people might ask you how you know, or what nonbinary means. You can tell them what it means to you. It’s okay to keep your answer brief or to explain in detail, depending on how comfortable you feel at that moment. Keep in mind that you’ll likely have other chances to talk to them about this, too.
They may also ask what pronouns you’d prefer to be referred by. Be honest, and let them know how you would like them to refer to you.
Offer resources they can access if they’re interested. Before you start the conversation, gather some resources on what it means to be nonbinary. There are lots out there! That way, you don’t have to answer questions that you don’t want to. You can simply direct the other person towards these resources.[8]
Point them towards specific websites that have been helpful to you. You could also give them pamphlets or handouts from an LGBTQ+ community center. Another idea is to give them a book about what it means to identify as non-binary.
Some really helpful resources are The Trevor Project and PFLAG. If you’re in school, you could also ask your guidance counselors for suggestions, if you feel comfortable talking to them about your identity.
Allow people time to process what you’ve said. It’s great if you are immediately met with support and kind words. However, if that doesn’t happen right away, don’t give up. Some people need time to process important information. Remember, it probably took some time for you to feel comfortable with your identity, too.[9]
You could say, “You seem a little overwhelmed. Do you want to talk about this again later?”
Try having a friend with you during the conversation. If you are anxious about coming out to a family member, it might help you feel comfortable to have a friend with you. This can be especially valuable if you’re worried about a negative or potentially unsafe reaction.
If you’ve already come out to a friend or younger family member, ask if they could be with you while you come out to others.
You can say, “It would might me feel a little less scared if you could be there when I talk to my dad. Would you mind sitting in on the conversation?”
Consider putting a time limit on the conversation. Maybe you’re worried that someone will ask you a ton of questions. Or maybe you just don’t want to have a really lengthy conversation. That’s fine! You can make your point, and then end the conversation whenever you’re ready.
Try saying, “I understand you have more questions. But this is really emotional for me and I need to be done for now. Okay?” Alternatively, you could say, “I’ll talk for 10 more minutes, but then I really need to be done. Thanks.”
Walk away if the conversation is not healthy. If the person is yelling, saying rude things, or being otherwise aggressive, you don’t have to stick around for that. Say, “I’m not comfortable with how this is going. Let me know if you’d like to talk more when you’re calm.”
You can also tell the person that you’re open to talking again when they calm down. But if you’re not comfortable with that, that is okay too![Edit]Taking Care of Yourself
Give yourself time to process your emotions. Coming out and choosing to live openly can be liberating, but it’s also a really emotional process. Be patient with yourself and know that whatever you are feeling is okay. During the coming out process it is normal to feel:[10]
Proud
Uncertain
Brave
Scared
Nervous
Relieved
Ensure that you have people who will support you. Before you come out, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have someone who you know will support you. This could be a friend or family member that you know you can count on. If you’re ever feeling anxious or just down, you can ask them for help.[11]
Don’t be afraid to say something like, “I’m feeling really emotional today. Would you take a walk with me? I think some fresh air and company would make me feel better.”
If you’re feeling lonely or scared, there are also support lines, like The Trevor Project, that you can call. Sometimes a supportive listener might be just what you need.
Seek out the LGBTQ+ community in your city. Look online for LGBTQ+ organizations near you. During the coming out process (and after) it can feel good to be around people who can understand what you’re dealing with.[12]
You can also look for online support groups and social groups.
Ask an LGBTQ+ friend how they got to know other members of the community.
If you’re in school, you can check with the counselor to see if they have any suggestions.
Practice self-care. Remember to be kind to yourself. This is a rewarding process, but not always an easy one. You might find that keeping a journal is helpful for you, or even meditating. The important thing is to take time for yourself and do things that make you feel good. This could be:[13]
Watching a funny show.
Taking your dog for a walk.
Spending time with friends.
Reading a good book.
Enjoy living openly. While it might take some time to become comfortable with this, there are lots of benefits to living openly. During and after the coming out process, you can look forward to:[14]
Developing more genuine relationships.
Becoming a role-model.
Becoming part of a vibrant community.
Living with more self-confidence.[Edit]Tips
Before you come out to an older family member, try talking to a friend first. You might find that more comfortable.
Test the waters before you come out. You might say something like, “I say a non-binary character on TV last night. What do you think about that?”
Take your time. Coming out is a process that doesn’t happen overnight.[Edit]References↑ https://www.them.us/story/how-to-come-out-to-your-family-as-nonbinary

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Today in History for 17th January 2020

Historical Events

1882 – 1st Dutch female physician Aletta Jacobs opens her office
1915 – Battle of Sarikamish ends with a Russian victory over Ottoman forces led by Enver Pasha with loss of over 30,000 men of the Turkish Third Army during Caucasus Campaign
1923 – Origin of Brown lunation numbers
1939 – Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert
1962 – Roy Harris’ 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco
1976 – “I Write the Songs” by Barry Manilow hits #1

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1917 – Ulysses Simpson Kay, American composer, born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 1995)
1922 – Luis Echeverria Alvarez, president Mexico
1926 – Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
1949 – Andy Kaufman, American comedian and actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), born in New York City, New York
1981 – Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], American singer and actor (Everything You Want), born in McComb, Mississippi

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Famous Deaths

1598 – Fyodor I Tsar of Russia (b. 1557)
1884 – Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist, dies at 79
1968 – Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/general Spanish rep army, dies at 83
1970 – Billy Stewart, singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
2006 – Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (b. 1925)
2011 – Donald “Don” Kirshner, American rock and roll producer known as “The Man With the Golden Ear” (invented bubblegum music), dies at 76

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How to Make Rose Petal Perfume

Floral perfumes and fragrances are perfect for making yourself smell like a summer garden. However, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make that happen! With just a few ingredients, you can create your own perfume to use for yourself or give as a gift to someone else.

[Edit]Ingredients
[Edit]Alcohol-Based Perfume
3/4 cup (180 g) of fresh rose petals
of vodka (80-100 proof)
of distilled water[Edit]Scented Rosewater
1/2 cup (120 g) of fresh rose petals
of distilled water[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Creating an Alcohol-Based Perfume
Rinse the roses gently in cold water. If the water is too warm, it may release some of the flower’s aromatic oils before you collect them. Rinsing will remove fertilizer, dirt, insects, and any other contaminants you don’t want inside your perfume. Don’t worry about trying to rinse thoroughly between the petals.[1]
Do not dry the petals after rinsing.
Depending on the type of rose and the size of the petals, you will probably need between 1 and 3 roses.
Remove of petals from the roses. Note that the petals can come from any type or color of rose. To remove the petals, grasp the stem with one hand and tear the petals off with the other. Be careful not to skewer yourself on any thorns.[2]Consider using a thorn stripper if you’re very concerned with pricking yourself on the thorns.
Place the petals in a large glass jar with a lid. You can also use a bowl if it comes with a lid too, but whatever option you choose must be able to hold at least of liquid and be sealable. A mason jar with a screw-top lid would work well.
Pour of vodka into the jar to soak for 24 hours. Vodka that is 40-50 percent alcohol (80-100 proof) works best. The jar should also be stored someplace that is cool and dark, like a cabinet or cupboard. Do not use a fridge, which is damp.[3]
Pulverize the petals for 45 seconds with a spoon. A large wooden cooking spoon would work best for mashing the petals inside the jar. A mortar and pestle might cause you to lose some of the rose oils by removing the petals from the jar, and a metal spoon could add unwanted metallic elements to the perfume.
Add of distilled water to the jar. Distilled water can be purchased at most grocery stores or drug stores. The more water you add, the more diluted the scent of the perfume will be.[4]
Cover the jar and place it in a cool, dark location for 4-7 days. Once a day, stir the petals and mash them again with a cooking spoon. Do not add more distilled water. Replace the lid quickly after you stir.
Strain the mixture into clean glass perfume bottles. Use a fine mesh strainer to remove the spent petals from the liquid and transfer the liquid to a glass bottle with a tight lid. To best preserve the perfume, keep it in the fridge and shake it before each use. It will last up to a month. The scent will be strongest if you spray it on the warmer places of your body like your wrist and neck.[5]
You could also use a sieve or a cheesecloth for straining.[Edit]Making Scented Rosewater
Collect of rose petals in a medium-sized bowl. Any variety of rose will do. If you’d like, rinse the petals in cold water beforehand to wash away any contaminants that might still be on the flower. Be careful not to prick yourself on any thorns.[6]
Stir in of warmed distilled water into the bowl of petals. The water’s warmth will help increase the oil output from the rose. If you’d like, let the water soak in for about five minutes. The longer you let the petals soak, the stronger the fragrance will be.[7]
Pour the mixture into a strainer placed over a second bowl. If you don’t have a normal kitchen strainer, you can also use a cheesecloth. Do not throw the water that you separate away, as you will be reusing it in subsequent steps.[8]The rose petals should remain behind in the strainer, and the water should be in the second bowl.
Grind the petals with a mortar and pestle. To remove the petals from the strainer, scrape them off with a spoon or pick them off with your fingers. If you don’t want to grind the petals, don’t strain them to begin with. Instead, let them sit in the distilled water under the sun for 5-7 hours.[9]Letting the petals soak in the sun does mean that the eventual fragrance will be much weaker.
Add the water from the second bowl back to the petals. Let the water soak into the petals again for at least five minutes. By this point, the ground up petals with the added water should be in the first bowl.
Repeat the straining, grinding process until the water is brownish-orange. If you are using dark colored rose petals like deep red, the water will turn brownish-red instead. Try not to grind the petals too violently, as any water you splatter is water that won’t end up as perfume.[10]
Strain out the petals and squeeze out any remaining water from them. A spoon might be effective for this. Then, pour the water into an empty perfume bottle using a small funnel and enjoy! Refrigerate to make the perfume last longer.[11][Edit]Warnings
Keep away from sensitive skin and your eyes, nose, and mouth.[Edit]Things You’ll Need
[Edit]Alcohol-Based Perfume
Large glass jar or bowl with lid
Large wooden cooking spoon
1-2 small empty glass perfume bottles
Kitchen strainer or cheesecloth[Edit]Scented Rosewater
2 medium-sized bowls
Mortar and pestle
Kitchen strainer or cheesecloth
1-2 small empty glass perfume bottles
Small funnel with spout
Spoon (optional)[Edit]Related wikiHows
Make Rosewater
Make Rose Vinegar
Make Rose Petal Punch[Edit]References↑ https://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/blog/articles/how-essential-oils-are-made.html

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