When I came out, it wasn’t intentional. My parents found out that I was both bi and trans through reading texts I had sent my other friends. They didn’t take it well, and said some pretty awful stuff. But I have now had the courage to come out to more people and be more open about my identity, since it was my parents holding back in the first place. I feel a lot freer now.

November 18th, 2016  

When I came out as bi, my husband and I were in a car. He was holding my hand and kept holding after I told him my first crush on my best friend. He was smiling and said, “I figured.” I was and am really happy right now. It happened three days ago.

November 16th, 2016  

When I came out I told my closest friends I have a girlfriend. My family still doesn’t know and I’m too afraid to tell them because I’m still not 100% sure my orientation. I can’t imagine being sexually involved with most females, or males. I have had sex with a couple guys and I didn’t get that “woo” factor. I have had sex with my girlfriend and I love giving to her. But again I can’t imagine sexual encounters with women either. 20/confused female

November 15th, 2016  

When I came out to my friends, two of them came out to me as bi-curious and one as bisexual. When I came out to my mom she was totally cool with it and said she loves me no matter what.

November 14th, 2016  

When I came out to my friends, one after the other told me, “…Yeah. We knew.” with a couple of “OH REALLY?” I guess after 23 years I just couldn’t leave The Pan in the kitchen any longer.

November 14th, 2016  

When I came out, I was afraid. I had kept in the truth for three years, as I had read so many stories on abuse and bullying towards the lgbt group. However, when I told my parents, they were alright with it; at first they were confused, but now they are supportive. However, it was the friend issue I had trouble with. At first, I wrote ‘I’m gay’ on a piece of paper and showed it to a few of my close girl friends. However, one of them went round and told everyone, which was so annoying. I did lose a lot of respect from a lot of guys, but I have become ever closer with all the girls at my school. 17, M, Gay

November 11th, 2016  

When I came out on national coming out day one month ago, I just posted a snapchat story and changed my instagram biography. I didn’t receive even one negative response. I’m so thankful for my amazing friends. This month of being out made me feel so free. /female/

November 11th, 2016  

When I came out, it wasn’t that great and I’m only out to like one person who was nice but nobody cares and the reason I’m submitting is for “14, female” and I just wanted to say I’m here for you! I know it’s not a great situation, but if you think it’s safe, I’d come out to him sooner than later, and hopefully he’ll be accepting and you can still be friends!

November 8th, 2016  

When I came out to my friends and family I was 13. I hadn’t said, “Hey, I’m bi!”, but my mom found out I had had a girlfriend. My stepdad isn’t okay with it and used to make fun of me for it; he just kind of ignores me now. My mom and bio dad are okay with it and the rest of my family are pretty much Christians and don’t approve. 16, Bi.

November 8th, 2016  

When I came out I lost a lot of friends. I first told my mom and she was fine but she thought it was a phase. I told my dad I was bi and he ignored it (denial). Friends stopped liking me and I’m moving out of South Africa after grade 12 for my safety. (I still have my closest friends and I’m the head of a LGBTQ+ group for South Africa’s Youth.) 16; M; Gay as a rainbow

November 7th, 2016