Homophobic relatives, bad presents, too many carbs - Christmas can be a minefield for the LGBTI community. Here's our ultimate survival guide to those festive family get-togethers.
Drew Sheldrick

23 Dec 2015 - 9:11 AM  UPDATED 23 Dec 2015 - 9:23 AM

Never fail to make an entrance.

Always remember to bring food.

Work your way through the crowd of distant relatives - and remember it's always good to have back-up.

If there's a pool, make sure that's your first stop.

Bring a change of outfit for when you're done with your eating dress.

If someone says you "look healthy", don't assume they mean fat.

If someone buys you a Lynx deodorant pack, don't lash out.

Pass the time by teaching your grandparents some kitschy gay terms.

If distant aunts or uncles go on a homophobic rant, try to keep your cool.

And if all else fails, throw some shade.