When I came out, my mother asked, “You’re not going to start acting weird now, are you?” I’ve always been an odd person, both in and out of the closet, rarely concerned with fitting in or how I might be perceived. I replied, “Um… mom? Have we met!?”

February 13th, 2012  
 
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When I came out I told my mother while shopping at a clothing store. I didn’t want a scene and she is not the type to bring attention to herself like that. Her response was, “Let’s get to the car so I can cry.” 7 years on and we still rarely/never talk about it. We don’t go shopping anymore either.

February 13th, 2012  
 
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When I came out, I was standing with my new college best friend on the porch of a dorm. We had just come from our friends’ party and were completely hammered. Suddenly the words just left my mouth. He laughed, hugged me, and said, “Dude, I don’t give a sh*t.”

February 13th, 2012  
 
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When I came out to my oldest sister, I kept rambling on and on, and she thought I had murdered somebody. Then I said, “I’m gay,” and she laughed at me!

February 13th, 2012  
 
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When I came out to my best friend, she thought I was pulling her aside to ask her on a date. My bad.

February 13th, 2012  
 
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When I came out to a friend over dinner, I said, “I’ve got something to tell you, I’m -“. I broke down; I couldn’t get it out. He broke down. Eventually, I recovered and said, “I’m gay.” He said, “Thank God, I thought you were going say you’re dying.” We both laugh about it now.

February 13th, 2012  
 
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When I came out, the only person that gave me grief for it was the priest at my Catholic school. It’s been a year since that, and he’s finally accepted me for who I am.

February 10th, 2012  
 
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When I “came out” to my mom, it was at her funeral. One of her close friends came up to me after the service and told me discreetly and with affection that mothers always had love for their “special” children. She wanted me to know that my mother knew, and that she loved me. I wish I’d had the chance to tell her…

February 10th, 2012  
 
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When I came out, my mom cried because she worried about difficulties I may face in life for being gay. When I told my dad, he said, “Everyone has something in life that they have to deal with because of other people’s reaction to it. In the scheme of things, yours isn’t that bad.” It was perfect to hear.

February 10th, 2012  
 
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When I came out, even my ex-girlfriend wasn’t surprised! Friends, family, co-workers, it seemed that they all knew, but I didn’t. I was one of the lucky ones where nothing changed except for me! Thankfully I came out in time and met the man I will marry, and after eight years together, I think it’s time!

February 10th, 2012  
 
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