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  

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