I came out to my best friend of 24 years, only for him to tell me he is gay. We were both surprised we never realized we were both LGBT. We then found it odd that the two only known LGBT in our original class of about 60 kids became best friends that early in life. We met in kindergarten and have been best friends since.

February 6th, 2012  

When I came out to my brother, his reply was “I’m a lesbian too”! I love him!!

February 6th, 2012  

When I came out, I told my best friend I was bisexual. He smiled and said, “That’s fine.” Now he tells me he had known for years I am gay!

February 6th, 2012  

When I came out to my high school about having gay parents, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Not only did I get a lot of compliments on my column, I didn’t get a single negative comment. Everything went better than expected.

February 6th, 2012  

When I came out I realized how supportive a family can truly be. They have stood by me my entire life, but I must admit I was scared that would change. I have an amazing support system in my family and friends.

February 6th, 2012  

When I came out to my mother, I called her and said, “Mom, I have something to tell you,” and I started to cry. She said, “Oh my God, what’s wrong?” “Mom, I’m gay.” She paused and said, “You interrupted me scrubbing toilets for this? What do you want, a button? You are my son and a gift no matter what.”

February 6th, 2012  

When I came out to my cousin she said, “Phew, that obviously means Emily is not pregnant.” I had to go to the rest of my family and explain that I was gay, and not interested in getting my best friend pregnant.

January 30th, 2012  

When I came out to my boyfriend, he smiled and kissed my forehead. “You are a beautiful person, no matter who you’re attracted to. I’m glad you picked me.”

January 27th, 2012  

When I came out to my family, I did it by e-mail. I don’t know why I was so scared; my parents have always been there for me and still are!

January 27th, 2012  

When I came out I was scared that people wouldn’t accept me and that I would lose people close to me. In retrospect, the opposite happened. I am closer to people now than I have been my entire life.

January 27th, 2012