When I came out, it was one of the most emotional times of my life. I was 13, and I was hanging out with my mom in my room and she saw my self-harm scars. After repeatedly and worriedly asking why, I gathered the courage and told her I thought I was lesbian. I started crying, then she started crying; it was a big mess overall. But in the end, my mother and I had created a bond no other two human beings could share. We’re closer than ever now, and I don’t regret a single bit of it.

April 11th, 2017  

When I came out it was accidental. My mom went through my phone and saw I was texting my girlfriend that I love her. She was mad. And told my dad. So now they both think I’m disgusting, an embarrassment, and and a disgrace to the family.

April 10th, 2017  

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