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  

When I came out I was watching Ellen and my mom came in and was like, “Ohh it’s my favorite lesbian,” and I said, “I thought I was your favorite lesbian,” and she looked at me and said, “Oh,” and then sat down and watched with me.

March 16th, 2017  

When I came out I told one of my best friends. I knew I had to tell someone, and she had been so supportive in the past. I was originally scared to tell her, but when I finally did she was super chill with it. (Male/13/bi)

March 15th, 2017  

When I came out to my mother, I was 15. I had a boyfriend and I really wanted to go to a party with him since he invited me, but it was in another town so I told her that I was going with my “partner.” She was okay with that. Later she found out I went out with a boy, and it was like, okay, your life, but I love you … S.A.V.

March 14th, 2017  

When I came out for the first time this Monday, I told a new friend of mine. We had only known each other for about five weeks. That night, I cried when as I texted him, “I don’t think I’m 100% straight.” He was cool about it, happy that I trusted him, and has become even closer to me. Day one was hard, day two was a little easier, and now day three is normal. (Male/Bi/16)

March 9th, 2017