When I finally came out to my mum about 2 hours ago, she seemed somewhat accepting but a bit funny about it. I know no one else from my family or school who is (openly) from the LGBTQ+ community so this was a big step for me. But I’m glad to have finally gotten it off my shoulders. (15, female, bi)

September 20th, 2017  
 
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When I came out as bisexual to my two best friends, I texted them and that’s the only way I could do it. They automatically explained that no matter what they will always love me. It went so well and even though my parents don’t know, it feels great to let my two closest friends know and have people who accept me for me 100%. (female/bi)

September 19th, 2017  
 
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When I came out to my brother, we were on vacation and we had stepped out to take a smoke break. We were standing there talking and we were talking about that topic. Then he asked me straight forward if I was gay, so I told him right away that I was, and we talked for like 2 hours after that. Then the next day gay marriage was made legal and my cousins instantly made fun of me (they didn’t know but made jokes) and my brother yelled at them and made them stop. Ever since he and I have become so close, and he has even told me that he’s gay and is in a relationship! (M, 19, Gay)

September 15th, 2017  
 
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When I came out as Pansexual to my Catholic father, he said, “I know, I read your phone. I’d like to meet him soon.” (Female, 14, Pan)

September 14th, 2017  
 
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When I came out to my mom she caught me broadcasting a coming out video for people and then she yelled at me, and told me that I was a sin. She has loved me since but still doesn’t support me. My dad said, “Okay, you’re still young” but has accepted me and loved me ever since. My siblings have all known and when I told one of my brothers he said, “Okay, me too…” (M, 19, Gay)

September 13th, 2017  
 
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When I came out two years ago, I couldn’t hide how I felt anymore and decided to come out to everyone I know. Nobody complained and gave their blessings. I’m finally liberated. (29, male, Bisexual)

September 12th, 2017  
 
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When I came out to the first person at my new school, it was to a guy who was texting me and thought I was pretty. I had to tell him that I was into girls so that it didn’t seem like I was leading him on. It was all super stressful but he was pretty chill about it. I still feel bad though cause he was gonna ask me out to the movies. 😕 (female, 15, lesbian)

September 11th, 2017  
 
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When I came out my originally homophobic friend said, “Well, you’re my friend, I should read up on things about this.” She now accepts me and always will love me. (13, Male, Gay)

September 4th, 2017  
 
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When I came out to my mum (just now) she was nice, though she said that it does feel like a blow to her and that most of all she feels sorry that life will be harder for me. She asked not to tell anyone in the family for as long as possible. I said I understand and have no plans for that at the moment, but can’t guarantee what I decide to do in the future. I sort of knew it’s not gonna be great as I come from a homophobic country; I think I just feel relieved I am on honest terms with her now. Who knows what happens next…

September 1st, 2017  
 
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When I came out to my mom I started crying so hard she thought I’d been raped and was afraid to tell her, so when she knew what was really going on she was relieved and said, “Really? that’s it? Why would I care LOL”. I love her. -Female, 17, bisexual

August 31st, 2017  
 
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