When I came out to my friends, they thought that I was one of two straight people at our lunch table. I came out by saying that there’s only one straight person at our table.

January 25th, 2017  

When I came out to my mom, it wasn’t how I intended to do it. I wrote her a letter, but before I could give it to her, she found it by accident and read it. She waited until we were alone in the car to talk to me about it, and she was super supportive and accepting. Even though this isn’t how I thought it would happen, I’m really glad that she supports me.

January 24th, 2017  

When I came out (to my mother), it went quite well. For whatever reason my little sister wanted to do a “costume party”, so I dressed up in rainbow and put some paper saying I’m bi on my shirt. Then I went into my closet and ran out, saying “I’m out of the closet!”

She needed about ten seconds to process what I was doing but was very supportive, which isn’t surprising because she’s very liberal and open-minded.

January 24th, 2017  

When I came out, it was New Year’s Day. I was sobbing the night before, I was so scared. When I told my mom, she was very calm about it and told me she had suspected it. It went a lot better than I expected, and my parents now completely accept me as a lesbian. They’ll say “your future partner” instead of “your future boyfriend” and that just makes me so happy, and my mental health has gotten so much better since then. I just want to tell any closeted LGBT people reading this that you are brave, and that sometimes the anticipation is the worst part.

January 23rd, 2017  

When I came out at 14, my mom said it was just a phase. A few months later after suffering a sexual tragedy against myself from a male, my mom asked me if I was straight. She was already disappointed in what had happened this summer and disappointed in my sexuality so I lied and told her I was. To this day, I haven’t tried to come out again. 17, female, pan/demisexual

January 23rd, 2017  

When I came out, my parents had overheard me talking to my grandparents about liking another girl. They told me that they loved me no matter what. I told my friends and most of them weren’t straight either; they loved me just the same. I asked out that same girl. She still hasn’t given me an answer; it has now been almost a year. (13, Female, Bisexual.)

January 18th, 2017  

When I came out for the first time my mom told me I’d spent too much time on the computer and needed to stop thinking so much/that it was a phase. My dad told me it was unnatural to refer to myself with male pronouns and that I should stop. Ironically, they both say they’re supportive of trans people, but won’t acknowledge they have two sons. I will not try to come out to them again. trans, gay, 18.

January 18th, 2017  

When I came out, it was because I was talking to a friend that always says, “You look like Emily from PLL, but she’s a lesbian and you’re not”, and that time, she said, “You look like Emily” and didn’t mention the lesbian part, so later, when we were talking about sexuality, I told her, “You know who else likes girls?” And when she asked, I said, “Me”. She told me she already knew it because she saw me liking lesbian posts in ig and then saw my WhatsApp Status that said, “Love is not a choice”.

January 17th, 2017  

When I came out, I actually didn’t came out just once, but like a hundred times because I told my friends one by one. When told my best friend she said, “How did you know?” and when I explained, she hugged me, said she still loves me and then, in a moment of awkward silence she said, “Actually, I knew it.” And when I asked her why, she told me, “You are tomboy and you always stare a little too long when you see a cute girl.” We laughed about it and then talked about which girls in school were attractive.

January 17th, 2017  

When I came out to my mom as asexual, she thought it was the same as aromantic and freaked out. I reassured her I wasn’t, but she still didn’t want me to “label myself” at such a young age, even though my family is fine with me being nonbinary and panromantic. She said she didn’t have sexual attraction until she was 16, so I plan on waiting til then and telling her again. I think she’s just scared because my brother is on the autism spectrum and she wants us to be able to get married and have kids.

January 16th, 2017