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Q I made the mistake of starting to date a good friend and need to wind things down now. Shes a great girl but after seeing her romantically the last few weeks I know I just want my friend back. How do I tell her that without completely wrecking our friendship A What wouldve been ideal is to have the what-if-this-doesnt-work-out conversation be- fore becoming romantically involved. Since youre asking how to tell her Im guessing you didnt. Sadly its unlikely that you two can have what you had before. My advice is to sit down with her and have the awkward discussion about how much you miss her friendship and explain why. Just be honest you never know maybe she feels the same way. Q Ive been struggling with this the past few years but now Im sure that Im gay. How do I come out to those around me with- out making it seem like a big deal A First congratulations on finding your- self Second tell those closest to you first. I wouldnt text or email the news to them un- less you honestly cant tell them in person. If its that difficult for you to do just explain it to them and why you chose to come out via a message. If you want to tell them in person depending on the personalities of your friends you could just invite them all over for movie night and casually mention it. You could go for the comedic Hey guys Im gay do you want any popcorn Or sit them down and ask them how they feel about gays and go from there depending on the feedback you receive. If your friends are too wide on the personality spectrum then you might have to tell them in small groups or individually. Your acquain- tances will eventually find out in time and after informing your close friends and family you could update your social media status to its complicated. That might prompt ques- By Laci Paige tions or you could post it in your about me section. In the end no matter how you choose to tell people if you keep it simple and dont make a big deal about it they probably wont either. More than anything Laci Paige author of the Silken Edge Series enjoys spending time with her family. She and her hus- band support their children on the soccer pitch and off. Laci enjoys the outdoors travel and of course reading and writ- ing and chocolate. Their family lives in Hampton Roads Virginia where Lacis adult muse wakes up late at night. Fol- low Laci on facebook at httpwww.facebook.comauthor- lacipaige and twitter at httpstwitter.comlaci_paige. 34 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015