When I came out to my friends, we were joking around and taking those “Are you gay?” quizzes online at lunch and when my test results said I was bisexual I sighed and said, “Well, that was a waste of time, I already knew that.” It got quiet, then all my friends congratulated me, saying it was obivous, and we went back to eating lunch.

January 3rd, 2018  
 
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When I came out to my best friends their reactions were just “Oh, okay, we honestly don’t care.” They gave me the strength to come out to my other friends too and are helping me to come out to my parents. I’m really proud and I love them. (15, male, gay)

January 2nd, 2018  
 
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When I came out to my mom, she tried to act like she was okay with it, but I could tell she wasn’t. She insisted that it was “just a phase”, and that I’m “too young to know how I really feel”. It could have gone worse, but I had hoped my mom wouldn’t be so homophobic. I came out at 16, and she’s still unaccepting about it almost a year later.

January 1st, 2018  
 
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When I came out to my parents as bisexual, their initial response was “We’re here for you but we want to pray for your healing.” That’s the saddest story ever since we all know we can’t pray the gay away. Dream on, folks. Out and proud, 27. 🙂

December 21st, 2017  
 
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When I came out as bisexual, I got so much love and support I didn’t expect! I wrote up a Facebook post, posted it, and watched as friend after friend commented and liked it, telling me they were happy for me. It made my day.

December 20th, 2017  
 
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When I came out to my best friend as bisexual, I was freaked out. I couldn’t say it out loud, so I had to write it on a piece of paper and gave it to her. She laughed at first, then told me that she already knew and that it was kinda obvious (at least to her). She has been very supportive since, and doesn’t care at all. (Female, 18, France)

December 19th, 2017  
 
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When I (a lesbian) came out to a girl I was just starting to become friends with, I casually mentioned not being straight and she had the best “no reaction because it’s obviously okay” reaction I could’ve dreamed of. We’re getting to know each other better and I feel blessed that someone knows so early into our friendship and genuinely wants to become friends, isn’t afraid that I will have a crush on her, etc. It makes me believe in “it gets better.”

December 18th, 2017  
 
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When I came out… I instantly denied it! I said, “Dad, I am straight!” “Mmm-hmmm.” He didn’t believe me. Now I am fully out, and happier than ever because my family are huge LGBTQIA+ supporters. (Female, 14, USA)

December 14th, 2017  
 
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When I came out to my mom as a lesbian, first she said she’d love me no matter what. But then later, she didn’t believe me and told me that my homosexuality is just a phase. Nowadays she asks me when I’m gonna get a boyfriend like if I hadn’t ever come out to her.

December 13th, 2017  
 
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When I came out to my crush in high school (who had already come out) because I wanted to be his boyfriend, he said he did not want to date me. It’s been six years and I still think about him. I risked everything by coming out to someone who didn’t care for me. Luckily my friends support me always! (19, m, gay)

December 12th, 2017  
 
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