When I came out, my mom, sister, and I were on our way home from the gym when we were listening to Dan Savage’s podcast, “Savage Love.” In this one, they were discussing Leelah Alcorn and her unfortunate, unnecessary suicide. My mom said to my sister and me, “If you ever feel like you are transgender—or that you need to come out to your dad and I for any reason—I just want you to know that I will completely support you and accept you.” That’s when I looked her straight in the eye and told her that I was asexual.

August 25th, 2016  

When I came out as bisexual to my best friend on Facebook messenger, she said that she already knew and she started to cry and ended up telling me she was lesbian #bestfriendgoals! We now are going out (13, female, bisexual)

August 25th, 2016  

When I came out my mom had put a movie and a couple bags of gummi bears (which’re my favorite) on my dresser while I slept. Inside the bags she wrote a note that said, “If you ever have anything to tell me, I’m here. Love, Mom”. I went into her room crying and said, “Mommy, I’m gay.” She hugged me and said she was glad I finally could say it to her and that she always knew inside about me being a lesbian and that she loved me no matter what. (14, Female)

August 25th, 2016  

When I came out, I had been trying to for almost 3 years. When I finally told my mum today, she immediately asked me if I wanted to buy a binder. I never thought that I would be able to come out, but I finally did (and still feel light-headed!) Yay for coming out! You can do it, you wonderful person, you!

August 24th, 2016  

When I came out to my father, he was extremely supportive, said it didn’t bother him, and was proud of me for what I’ve done in my life. When I came out to my cousin, she didn’t care and said I should be happy no matter what. This is just the beginning but I’m happy so far, and I know I will be in the end.

August 24th, 2016  

When I came out as lesbian, my mom started crying. I asked her why she was crying, and she told me she always wanted grandchildren. I solemnly whispered, “There are children out there without families. I’ll adopt them and you’ll have your grandchildren.”

August 24th, 2016  

When I came out to my grandma I was terrified that she would stop loving me. I told her that and she said that nothing would make her stop loving me unless I became a serial killer or something. She then told me she kind of already knew. (Male, 28, bisexual)

August 23rd, 2016  

When I came out it was a few days before Thanksgiving sitting with my parents at the dinner table. My mom immediately told me not to invite any boyfriends over to her house ever and my dad said not to dress up in any costumes. Of course the whole holiday was ruined by the argument but I got a weight off my shoulders and realized that we have a lot of work to do together as a family. I never knew homophobia was a problem for them until I came out and the whole experience was a huge surprise because I thought they would be much more accepting.

August 23rd, 2016  

When I came out I had to do it twice to everyone on my group of friends because they thought I was joking. Some were cool, others don’t talk to me as much anymore.

August 23rd, 2016  

When I came out, I did it to change the subject when my parents were grilling me because they found my weed. It worked. Now they forgot about the weed and are being awkward/rude about me being a lesbian. Yay me? (Lesbian, 15)

August 22nd, 2016