When I came out to my parents, I was almost disappointed at their lack of reaction, as selfish as that sounds. Now, after reading about so many bad reactions, I’m thankful they accepted me. I was googling pride flags, my mom asked why, and I said, “Well, I mean, I’m bi” and she went silent for a moment. The only thing my dad said was “OK, be careful.” 14, female, bi?/pan?

April 6th, 2017  

When I came out, we were just celebrating my friend’s birthday. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them that happy. They told me they were honoured that I decided to trust them with this piece of information.

April 5th, 2017  

When I came out, for several years I’ve been thinking about surgery. But then I realized I don’t need it because I can be a guy on the inside and a girl on the inside and I’m comfortable with that. Because out there there’s probably lots of girls who like that. So whoever is reading this, be comfortable with yourself. (Genderfluid Female, 16)

April 4th, 2017  

When I came out, I wasn’t exactly out. I fell for this girl who was for sure straight. I told her over email that I like her and rumors spread all over the school. People were thinking it was just a phase. But it wasn’t. (Female, 16, Polysexual)

April 3rd, 2017  

When I came out to my best friend, we were finishing homework in the closet of the science lab at school. Halfway through class, our teacher yelled, “Come out of the closet.” I promptly turned to my friend and whispered, “I’m gay.” She laughed until she realized I was serious, then smiled and gave me a thumbs up. She’s been so supportive ever since. (Female, 15)

March 31st, 2017  

When I came out I texted my parents that I am together with a girl, who they knew as my friend. My mom replied something along the lines of “We’ll talk about this,” and my dad, “I just want you to be happy.” I informed them that I am happy. Then they invited her for Christmas dinner. (Female, 21, gay)

March 30th, 2017  

When I came out to my mom she almost slapped me and I told it to my friend and she said, “I accept you.” I was so freaking happy that time. I am really proud that I have someone who can accept me.

March 27th, 2017  

When I came out to my sister as gay, she said, “Well, that was pretty obvious.” Then she came out to me!

March 23rd, 2017  

When I came out to my dad, we were in the sauna (Finnish tradition). I had a plan and started along the lines, “Dad, you love me, right?” and it went on from there. Then he tells me that my mom already told him and he’s okay with it. (Female, gay)

March 22nd, 2017  

When I came out to my best friend, I wrote it down in the sand and I quickly rubbed it out but she saw what I wrote. She said it was just a phase. I told her again 3 years later and she accepted me. 15, lesbian

March 21st, 2017