When I came out, as lesbian, to my classically conservative parents (Catholic, Traditional, Latino), my dad texted me the next morning, “A parent will never stop loving his child for what it is or does, I just worry about the adversities you’ll have to face.” To this day, they are the only adversity I’ve had to face. They are still convinced it is a sickness and confusion.

February 21st, 2012  
 
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When I came out in my 40s, I was surprised by how few people were really surprised. I thought I had done such a good job acting like I was straight. I am now 60 and my mother still thinks that I am just going through a phase.

February 21st, 2012  
 
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When I came out, I was lucky to have the loving support of my family, friends, and my children. Now I am giving back to the GLBTIQ community, by helping others.

February 20th, 2012  
 
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When I came out to my mom years ago and told her I was bisexual, she insisted it was just a phase and I had no clue what I really wanted because I was only 15. I still haven’t worked up the courage to come out to her again because I’m afraid she’ll keep denying it.

February 20th, 2012  
 
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When I came out to my friends, nothing in my life really changed at all, and that’s more than I could have ever asked for.

February 20th, 2012  
 
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When I came out it was to a room full of my drunken friends in a pub aged 17. None of them remembered so I had to do it all again the next day.

February 14th, 2012  
 
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When I came out to my sister she was so excited she called my other sister at 2am, woke her up, and told her to come over to her house because I had news to tell her. My sister responded, “Did he finally come out?” to which my other sister said, “Just get the hell over here!” She did and we had a great conversation. Both were also there for me when I came out to my parents the next night.

February 14th, 2012  
 
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When I came out in junior high a little over a decade ago, my mom accused me of saying it just to hurt her, scolded me each time she caught my girlfriend and I showing affection in public because she worried I’d get hurt if people found out, and eventually forced me into counseling. Ten years later, after being treated for depression and anxiety, she attended a religious retreat at which she was honored as a major speaker wearing a huge pin asking viewers to speak with her about her queer, genderqueer child. Sometimes it takes time!

February 14th, 2012  
 
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When I came out, it was the most freeing moment of my life. I came out to my best friend at college, and he told me, “I’m with you through thick and thin.” I was afterwards a groomsman at his wedding, and his family loves me like one of their family. I could finally be truthful to myself and everyone else in my life…

February 14th, 2012  
 
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When I came out,my mom was very upset about it, but my dad took it rather differently. After a long and difficult conversation with both parents, I went to bed early, with my head by the footboard and my feet on the pillow. When my dad came in to wake me up, he said, “I have some concerns about your orientation.” I nodded, internally cringing at the thought of what was coming next. “Well, I’ll just come out with it,” he continued. “Your feet are by the headboard, and your head is where your feet should be.”

February 14th, 2012  
 
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