Our expert says:
Whether or not to tell is her decision and privilege. Its likely that she hesitates to tell them, because she does not expect them to be understanding and supportive in the way you have been. Apart from the issue of her sexual orientation, I'm not sure what it is she is having to lie about. Presumably about her girlfriends ? Chat with her about her concerns, about how she expects your parents and perhaps others in the family, others to respond. Help her to consider the advantages and disadvantages of her talking directly with the parents about this, and the risk of disclosure arising accidentally, unplanned, and probably being more difficult to handle.
You don't mention her actual age and situation. Usually its harder being gay in a small gossippy town, and many find if they move to the big city, for college or work, they have more freedom to live the lifestyle they prefer. Gay or straight, its harder to be discrete when living with your parents.
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