FREDERICK, Md. (DC News Now) — Many in the LGBTQ-plus community struggle to understand how they identify and then share it with the world.
Glorie Cassutto came out as bisexual as a teenager but later came out as non-binary as an adult.
“When you come out as an adult that’s so different than coming out as a teenager when you’re expected to be figuring out who you are,” said Cassutto.
A survey released by Gallup finds that 5.6% of U.S. adults identify as LGBT.
There is now a support group for those individuals who choose to come out later in life, at the Frederick Center in Frederick.
The new support group is called ‘ Worth the Wait.
Most of the people in the group came from religious backgrounds, but the ‘Worth of the Wait’ group is providing them with a safe place to come out and share their stories.
The group currently sees a wide range of people from about 25 -85 years old.
“We’re all dealing with coming out constantly because it’s never just a one-step process. It’s a lifelong process that you undergo for many years,” said Cassutto.
Kris Fair, the executive director of The Frederick Center, says the support group was a long time coming.
“We’ve been told repeatedly by folks exactly what it is that they want to see their community center building. This has been a high-demand program,” said Fair.
The center is currently working with the community to continue to improve and develop more programs.