When I came out, it didn’t go that well. My parents went through my phone and found a text to my friend and my “gay memes”. They confronted me about it and I got grounded for it. They don’t believe it and use the word “feelings”. I’ve also been told many times by them that you don’t know unless you’ve had sex with a girl. Now they avoid the topic and believe that my friends make me “feel this way”. (Male/Gay)

February 15th, 2017  

When I came out, my parent believed that since I was gay, I had to be transgender, so they told me I couldn’t change my name and that I would always be a girl. They told my other parent and they both talked to me. It’s pretty awkward telling your parents after a long lecture that you’re just a lesbian.

February 13th, 2017  

When I came out last week, I told two friends. But now it seems like they want nothing but to share the secret with everyone I know. I honestly don’t know what to do, and I thought I could trust them better. (15, male, gay)

February 9th, 2017  

When I came out, I told a bunch of my friends (a lot of them are LGBT, too) and my sister. I’m very lucky I go to an open-minded school in a liberal city, so they were all very accepting of me. However, I’m still terrified of telling my parents. My mom might be okay with it, but I have no clue how my dad would react. -15, female, bisexual

February 8th, 2017  

When I came out, my mom told me no one in my family would accept me. She told me she would fix me, that I would get help. She told me I was too pretty to be a boy. When I came out the boy I’ve loved for 4 years came out as bi. We’re dating now. He told me, “You’re a guy?” “Yes.” “Well, that makes me bi then.”

February 8th, 2017  

When I came out, I could not wait to tell the nearest person to me, which was my older cousin. She actually helped me through the coming out process, and I was so excited and I came out to my friends the very same day. Most of them knew or suspected. I lost a couple friends but they aren’t real friends. And my dad is anti-gay but I do not care. Live your life the way you want to and don’t let anyone bring you down. 16, gay, male.

February 7th, 2017  

When I came out to my mom and dad they blamed my cousin (who is also a lesbian). I wish they’d accept me but they don’t so for now I’m living with my grandparents. (13, female, gay)

February 6th, 2017  

When I came out it was at dinner with a couple people I know. One of them didn’t react at all. I think deep down she kind of already knew. The other got very uncomfortable and quiet.

February 3rd, 2017  

When I came out to my mother last night I feel relieved knowing her reaction towards me wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I recently came out to my friend who I trust the most. At first she never believed me but when I finally convinced her, she promised to give her full support. :D. 15, bi, male

February 1st, 2017  

When I came out, I came out to my friends first. I was falling madly in love with my best friend, and she knows it too. We both like each other and are currently trying to work this all out. I’ve told my parents, but they aren’t taking it all too well, but as long as I have her none of this matters. (Female, bisexual, 16)

January 31st, 2017