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How to Come Out - Your Guide to the Closet, and Whether or Not It's Time to Leave it Behind

'Coming out' is an almost universal experience for non-cisgender and non-heterosexual people. While it isn't necessarily part of everyone's personal journey with their gender identity or sexuality, chances are that if you don't have a personal coming out story, you know a friend or relative who does. You might also unfortunately know of an outing story, where someone's sexuality or gender identity was disclosed without their consent. These are all parts of the vast and varied coming out process.

October 11th is National Coming Out Day (or NCOD), and it's meant to spread awareness about the LGBTQ+ coming out experience. Usually framed as part of a journey, 'coming out of the closet' generally involves disclosing your sexual or gender identity to others. It can be a very sensitive, scary and personal experience, but many people in the LGBTQ+ community report feeling much happier within themselves after coming out.

As many countries in the world move towards decriminalising homosexuality, legalising gay marriage and signing in legal protections against the discrimination of LGBTQ+ people, coming out is slowly becoming a less fraught process. In fact, with more young people than ever identifying as not-straight and not-cisgender, coming out is actually becoming less common than it used to be. This doesn't indicate that more people are becoming LGBTQ+ or that coming out is no longer necessary, but rather that it's becoming safer for people to identify as LGBTQ+ without fear or persecution.

Coming out has no age limit: whether you're 14 or 45, it's never too late to confirm your gender identity or sexuality for yourself. We've rounded up advice on things to consider before you come out, and some tips on how to do it in style, once you're ready.

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Best Subreddits for Sex Advice

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Sex advice: it's everywhere.

You can get sex advice from loads of places, including Lovehoney (that's us!), doctors, sexperts and people like you, who may have experience with the very situation you're wondering about. In cases like that, an easy way to connect with other people is by joining a forum to ask the question. Our very own Lovehoney forum may be your first stop, but if you're looking for even more information, enter Reddit.

Reddit is the largest, most popular forum on the internet. Gone are the days when forums were all specific, separate websites: Reddit is a conglomerate of communities (called 'subreddits') where discussions are happening all the time.

Subreddits can be as general as r/Advice and r/NoStupidQuestions, where you can ask any question that tickles your fancy, or as specific as r/WhatsThisBug, where users post pictures of unidentified insects and the community entomologists will label your critter.

Since we're the sexual happiness people, we've explored Reddit to find the best subreddits where you can get sex advice.

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Top 7 Disabled-Friendly Sex Toys

There's no one-size-fits-all way to experience sexual happiness – and with so many sex toys, bondage items, and sexy accessories at Lovehoney, your path to pleasure is practically endless.

That's why we've gone through a quarter of a million of our customer reviews to find the finest recommendations for differently-abled pleasure.

If you have a disability that makes intercourse, foreplay, or masturbation tricky, you may find one of our top 10 sex aids listed here can enhance your sexual happiness.

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3 Steps to Sexual Happiness

Now, if you've been keeping up with the Lovehoney blog recently, you may have noticed that we've been talking a lot about sexual happiness.

But what does that mean?!

Well, to us, that means taking care of your physical and emotional desires, as well as your mental and physical health - and it's something that every gender can benefit from and enjoy.

And the best part is, you only need to remember these three steps!

Whether you're taking part in sex with a partner or solo sex, you can still boost your sexual happiness with these easy-to-follow tips.

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5 Tips That'll Boost Your Kissing Know-How

Celebrate International Kissing Day 2019

Ah, kissing. Lip locking. Sharing smackeroos.

Did you know that there's an International Kissing Day every day? Practice makes perfect, so let your beau know and pucker up. Whether you’re laying some sugar on them or stealing a peck before one of you catches the train, kissing is a great way to get your blood pumping.

To help you get in the mood, we’ve scoped out 5 top tips to help get you on top of your smooch game.

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