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  

When I came out (I posted it on Facebook) the first thing my cousin told me was “Did you honestly think we didn’t know?” XD

November 7th, 2016  

When I came out, I came out to my best friend that was a guy. I told him because I had a boyfriend at the time yet I knew I was lesbian. He comforted me and was really cool about it. I still haven’t broken up with or told my boyfriend. I am not sexually or romantically attracted to men. What should I do? 14, female.

November 4th, 2016  

When I came out it was after a school trip, where I fell for my girl buddy. I was talking about the trip with my parents and accidentally mentioned my new crush. First impression wasn’t good, but my friends took it well. They kind of suspected and accepted me. They said they’d be there for me no matter what. My parents still don’t want to believe it, but they love me. Bi, 16, female

November 4th, 2016  

When I came out my parents weren’t accepting. My mom told me to hide my gayness and my dad refused to talk to me about it. Now I’m open with my school and all my friends accept me. (M 14, gay)

November 3rd, 2016  

When I came out as bisexual (later pansexual on Facebook) my mom was decently accepting. Recently she has admitted she didn’t think same-sex marriage was sacred. My dad is more supportive of my sexuality (though it took a bit of explaining). Pansexual Female, 23

November 3rd, 2016  

When I came out this guy at school liked me and still does. A few weeks ago, my friend asked me if I was sexually attracted to the guy and I said no. Just a few moments ago, I told her that I wasn’t really sexually attracted to him because I’m asexual and I haven’t really felt those feelings ever. I’m so scared because she’s the first person I’ve ever come out to. (Female, 14, Asexual)

November 3rd, 2016  

When I came out I was really nervous about what the people I told would think but they were all accepting. Three months later I am fully out at school and everyone that knows has been supportive. (Gay, Male, 15)

November 2nd, 2016  

When I came out, it was to my best friend. She messaged me saying, “I think I’m a sociopath”. (She was joking.) I replied with, “I think I’m homosexual”. She was really cool and supportive about it. Haven’t come out to anyone else yet. 15, female.

November 2nd, 2016