When I came out, I first came out to a couple of people, because I knew they would accept me. Now I’m out to pretty much everyone. I’ve experienced rejection by some. But it’s not like I’m going to stay silent, as if I never existed. Silence should never be an answer.

March 1st, 2017  

When I came out my mom called me upstairs and said, “If I ask you a question will you answer truthfully?” I said, “Sure.” Then she said, “Do you like girls or boys?” I said, “Both but mostly girls.” Then she said, “Okay,” and then I walked away. (Female/14/Bisexual)

February 28th, 2017  

When I came out to my mom, she was completely shocked. I told her I needed to tell her something and she said, “Oh no, are you pregnant, doing drugs, drinking?” Literally naming everything except “are you gay?” and when I finally told her, she asked me why I didn’t tell her earlier. I felt so comfortable. (Female/17/lesbian)

February 24th, 2017  

When I came out to my mother, we were just talking in the living room. She started talking about which one of us (me or my sister) would get kids first. She said I would and I would say no. My mother then asked, “Are you gay?” in a joking way. I said yes and she thought I was joking. We talked about it and she will support me. When I was asleep that night my mother told my sister and she also said that it’s okay. (14, Male, Gay)

February 21st, 2017  

When I came out, it didn’t go as bad as I thought it would! My mom still thinks it’s just a phase (and a pretty long one, since I’ve been feeling like this since I was 5), but she hasn’t changed her opinion about me as a person, so we’re all good! (13-year-old bisexual female)

February 20th, 2017  

When I came out I was so nervous. I at first came out to my 4 closest friends and 3 of them were really accepting. I came out to my mom, stepdad, and brother today and they all thought I was joking at first. I sat down for a long conversation with my mum and now I think we’re all happy. I’m not completely sure to be honest but I’m happy as I am! (she/her, lesbian, 13)

February 16th, 2017  

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