When I came out to my friends, they were all very accepting. I expected to be the token gay friend, and wasn’t surprised to learn I was. There are literally no queer girls at my school, so I guess I basically won’t date until college.

December 26th, 2016  

When I came out it was to my best friend. We were in our music class being loud as always when she started talking about her girlfriend (she’s gay btw). I got this feeling when she talked about her; I later realized it was jealousy. I liked my best friend as more than a friend and that scared me. I came out to her that day without telling her my feelings and she still doesn’t know to this day. (Female, 16, lesbian)

December 23rd, 2016  

When I came out as transgender, my mother straight up told me that I was wrong. It broke me, because all I wanted was her acceptance. She said that I am not allowed to do any tranistioning until I am 18. I am 15 and my mental health is already terrible, I don’t think I can do it.

December 22nd, 2016  

When I came out, I wrote “I’m gay” on my wall that has a rainbow. My dad didn’t care; my mom questioned me but said she’s fine with it, then asked me if I had any crushes on girls. From an asexual lesbian.

December 21st, 2016  

When I came out, I made a speech for my english final. I presented it today and during the middle of it I started crying. After I said what I was, everything was silent and some people were crying with me. I sat back down and everything felt a lot better. I am still not out to my family though (Pansexual, Male, 15)

December 20th, 2016  

When I came out to my little cousin as transgender, it was on accident. Now she’s confused about it and her homophobic dad doesn’t want to discuss things involving it. I wish I hadn’t, but she’s happy for me and ‘hopes I can be a boy soon’.

December 19th, 2016  

When I came out my parents seemed to care more about my grades. It was somewhat bitter and somewhat sweet. (14, gay)

December 13th, 2016  

When I came out no one really cared. I told half my school and only 3 or 4 people hated me after. When I first told my friend I said, “im gay lol.” Him being the legend that he is responds with, “k lol.”

December 12th, 2016  

When I came out it was to my best friend (male) via text. His reaction was that of shock and this caused me to be nervous to the point of having panic attacks the next day. He reassured me it was cool though and we are still best friends over a year later (Gay, male, 21)

December 9th, 2016  

When I came out the reaction wasn’t what I’d hoped for but it wasn’t terrible by any means either. The worst part of coming out for me is the vulnerability that I feel everyday. Half the time I wish I could climb right back into the closet where there was far less judgement and pressure. (Lesbian, 14)

December 8th, 2016