Many authors and theorists have written about the coming out process. There are many models and many different stages proposed. This article covers a good basic model for the coming out process.
Coming out to parents and family is a very difficult process. In part, it is about you. You are sharing something very personal with people you love. This makes it a time when you could become closer and more attached, but it also carries the risk of rejection and pain. Coming Out is also about others. This is a time when family who may have “seen the signs” but ignored them must admit this to themselves.