When I came out to a friend for the first time, I actually got so relieved I decided to tell someone else. My “logic” was that I should tell this guy I was friends with—but he’d been a homophobe—to either accept it or get out of my life. Thankfully, he’d changed and was really accepting, what’d you know. I haven’t told my parents yet cause I don’t want to talk about sex with them, but I know they will be cool about it. (Male, gay, 17)

December 5th, 2016  

When I came out to my mom last night with my dad it wasn’t the reaction I was hoping for. She didn’t seem to happy about it and she kept questioning why I had these “feelings”. You could say the same thing for straight people and then she got all defensive and said that my feelings weren’t normal. She said she loved me , but I didn’t feel love. I’m just going to keep doing me though. (Gay, male, 15)

December 2nd, 2016  

When I came out to my parents on National Coming Out Day, I was terrified. My parents are both pastors, so I was afraid that they would reject me and take it badly. When I finally got the courage to say the two simple words, my parents reacted far better than I expected. They completely accepted me and told me that they had thought that I may be LGBT in the past. I guess things do typically turn out okay in the end, even if it looks hopeless. (12, male, gay)

November 30th, 2016  

When I came out to my friends, they were all so supportive of it. I’ve been dating this girl for 5 months now and they found out now. However, I’ve only ever felt this about this particular girl so I’m not sure how to label myself. I decided to tell my mom today that I liked this girl and it was the worst thing I could have done. She was so against it and very close minded. I’m hoping she comes to her senses and realizes that I am very happy. I promised my girlfriend that I wouldn’t let this come in between us. (17, confused female)

November 29th, 2016  

When I came out as bi to my crush (who had come out a month before) I felt like a weight was off my chest. Now she ignores me, but I realize life is better without her. All of my other friends have been extremely supportive and helpful through the rough times. Still not out to my family, but I might tell my brother soon.

November 28th, 2016  

When I came out to my friends all of them where extremely supportive and accepting. It’s been almost 5 years and I still haven’t come out to my parents. I knew they’ll most likely be okay with it, yet I’m so scared to actually do it.

November 25th, 2016  

When I came out to my parents (actually my mother) I started to cry, but my mom just said she wasn’t happy about it. However it’s my life and she would love me no matter what, though I don’t know if she thinks it’s a phase because after telling her she kept asking me if I got a boyfriend, what makes me really sad. So when I came out to some of my friends at my new school they were really supportive and 2 of them also came out as bi and next year we are going to a pride day. It will be my first one. I’m so happy!! 16, female

November 25th, 2016  

When I came out, well, I guess that began a chain reaction of my friends coming out to me. My best friend told me he was gay and I was happy for him! My dad on the other hand thought it was a phase. Just a note for my fellow queers, don’t let people tell you who you are; this is your life, not theirs! Bi and gender fluid girl

November 21st, 2016  

When I came out to some of my friends at school, a few of them said, “It was kinda obvious.” Most were pretty cool with it (there’s about seven who know). Next year I plan on coming out to the rest of my friends on national coming out day.

November 21st, 2016  

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