Coming Out

Sexual Orientation

HRC: Guide to Coming Out – It acknowledges that the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion – from fear to euphoria. Whether coming out to friends, family, coworkers or healthcare providers, your approach and timing will be as unique as your own sense of identity

HRC: Coming Out as Bisexual – We face skepticism and stereotypes about our sexuality, we are ignored and excluded from LGBTQ spaces, and we are often invisible to each other – challenges that can make coming out a complicated process.

Asexuals on Coming Out – A compilation of responses to the Asexual Questionaire project.

Coming Out – You don’t have to tell anyone you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans if you don’t want to. It’s up to you who you tell, but you might feel happier if you can be honest about who you really are.

Gender Identity

Lewis Hancox: 8 Tips – Coming out is different for everyone, all I can do is draw from my own experiences and if these nuggets of advice help just one person then my job is done.

HRC: A Guide to Being You – For those people whose gender identity or innate sense of their own gender doesn’t match with that assigned to them at birth, unraveling and expressing it can be complex and difficult.

Tips for Coming Out as Nonbinary – Coming out is already a difficult thing to do, and the idea of coming out as non-binary (an identity and experience that most people haven’t even begun to grasp) was absolutely daunting.

Coming Out as Genderqueer – Today, I describe my gender is “non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid,” but growing up, I had no language or awareness to make sense of what I was feeling about my gender.

Danny’s Story – “I’ve been called a fake and it’s the worst thing ever. People haven’t been in your head, they don’t know.” One asexual person’s story.

Coming out to/in…

Coming Out to Your Parents – Colorado State University: The purpose of this is to inform LGBTQ+ young adults about the process most parents go through when their child’s sexual orientation or gender is disclosed.

How to Come Out to Your Friends – Teen Vogue: Ask a Sex Educator.

10 Tips on Coming Out – Guardian: Make sure you come out only when you really want to. Take control of the situation and remember that it may be more of a process than an event.

Coming Out as a LGBT Teen – Web MD: Should you come out as a LGBT teen? Whom might you tell, and how?

HRC: Faith – While many people enjoy a rich, spiritual life outside the realm of organized religion, this guide is aimed at folks who hope to lead their faith communities toward a more welcoming stance, and those seeking a path back to beloved traditions.

HRC: Mormons – This guide is aimed at LGBTQ Mormons who are on the journey toward living fully in their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and in their faith and its traditions. These pages will offer general, overarching insights and suggestions that draw on a wide variety of Mormon voices.

HRC: Jews – This guide is aimed at LGBTQ Jewish Americans who are on the journey toward living fully in their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and in their faith and its traditions.

HRC: Catholics – This guide is aimed at LGBTQ American Catholics who hope to lead their faith communities toward a more welcoming stance, and those seeking a path back to their beloved tradition.

HRC: Muslims – This guide is aimed at LGBTQ American Muslims who are on the journey toward living fully in their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and in their faith and its traditions.

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