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  

When I came out, my mom told me no one in my family would accept me. She told me she would fix me, that I would get help. She told me I was too pretty to be a boy. When I came out the boy I’ve loved for 4 years came out as bi. We’re dating now. He told me, “You’re a guy?” “Yes.” “Well, that makes me bi then.”

February 8th, 2017  

When I came out, I could not wait to tell the nearest person to me, which was my older cousin. She actually helped me through the coming out process, and I was so excited and I came out to my friends the very same day. Most of them knew or suspected. I lost a couple friends but they aren’t real friends. And my dad is anti-gay but I do not care. Live your life the way you want to and don’t let anyone bring you down. 16, gay, male.

February 7th, 2017  

When I came out to my mom and dad they blamed my cousin (who is also a lesbian). I wish they’d accept me but they don’t so for now I’m living with my grandparents. (13, female, gay)

February 6th, 2017  

When I came out it was at dinner with a couple people I know. One of them didn’t react at all. I think deep down she kind of already knew. The other got very uncomfortable and quiet.

February 3rd, 2017