When I came out, everyone at school started hating me because I was gay. Luckily, my family supported me.

December 7th, 2016  

When I came out to my parents they were like “oh” and carried on as if nothing happened. They still act like it never happened, although my mom sometimes acknowledges it and has been making less homophobic comments. My siblings and close friends have been very supportive though.

December 6th, 2016  

When I came out to the second person ever, they told me that there was no way that I am ever going to be asexual. It’s been 3 months since I came out to anyone and I have developed depression and I’m way too scared to come out to anyone else.

December 5th, 2016  

When I came out to a friend for the first time, I actually got so relieved I decided to tell someone else. My “logic” was that I should tell this guy I was friends with—but he’d been a homophobe—to either accept it or get out of my life. Thankfully, he’d changed and was really accepting, what’d you know. I haven’t told my parents yet cause I don’t want to talk about sex with them, but I know they will be cool about it. (Male, gay, 17)

December 5th, 2016  

When I came out to my mom last night with my dad it wasn’t the reaction I was hoping for. She didn’t seem to happy about it and she kept questioning why I had these “feelings”. You could say the same thing for straight people and then she got all defensive and said that my feelings weren’t normal. She said she loved me , but I didn’t feel love. I’m just going to keep doing me though. (Gay, male, 15)

December 2nd, 2016  

When I came out to my parents on National Coming Out Day, I was terrified. My parents are both pastors, so I was afraid that they would reject me and take it badly. When I finally got the courage to say the two simple words, my parents reacted far better than I expected. They completely accepted me and told me that they had thought that I may be LGBT in the past. I guess things do typically turn out okay in the end, even if it looks hopeless. (12, male, gay)

November 30th, 2016  

When I came out to my friends, they were all so supportive of it. I’ve been dating this girl for 5 months now and they found out now. However, I’ve only ever felt this about this particular girl so I’m not sure how to label myself. I decided to tell my mom today that I liked this girl and it was the worst thing I could have done. She was so against it and very close minded. I’m hoping she comes to her senses and realizes that I am very happy. I promised my girlfriend that I wouldn’t let this come in between us. (17, confused female)

November 29th, 2016  

When I came out as bi to my crush (who had come out a month before) I felt like a weight was off my chest. Now she ignores me, but I realize life is better without her. All of my other friends have been extremely supportive and helpful through the rough times. Still not out to my family, but I might tell my brother soon.

November 28th, 2016  

When I came out to my friends all of them where extremely supportive and accepting. It’s been almost 5 years and I still haven’t come out to my parents. I knew they’ll most likely be okay with it, yet I’m so scared to actually do it.

November 25th, 2016  

When I came out to my parents (actually my mother) I started to cry, but my mom just said she wasn’t happy about it. However it’s my life and she would love me no matter what, though I don’t know if she thinks it’s a phase because after telling her she kept asking me if I got a boyfriend, what makes me really sad. So when I came out to some of my friends at my new school they were really supportive and 2 of them also came out as bi and next year we are going to a pride day. It will be my first one. I’m so happy!! 16, female

November 25th, 2016