Coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans* is the single most powerful and brave action you can take to live life openly and authentically.
For some in the LGBT community, coming out to friends, family and co-workers is a relatively painless experience and for others it is a terrifying prospect. Everyone’s coming out story is different and everyone’s coming out experience is unique.
There’s no right or wrong way to come out but there are plenty of resources to help you figure out the best way for you come out in your own way when you are ready.
Check out the Human Rights Campaign’s “A Guide to Coming Out.” While there’s no one-size-fits-all way to come out, this publication will help you explore some of the critical pieces of preparing yourself to come out.
For a deeper dive on coming out as trans*, the Human Rights Campaign has “Transgender Visibility: A Guide to Being You.” This resource will help you develop your own disclosure plan and prepare you for conversations with key people in your life.
Celebrating the Visibility of the LGBT Community
On October 11th, the LGBT and allied community celebrates National Coming Out Day to mark the anniversary of the National March for LGBT Rights in Washington, DC. This is an important milestone in bringing visibility to the LGBT community and the unique experiences of individual LGBT people.
We know that the single most important factor in gaining support for LGBT equality is whether people know members of the LGBT community. One of every two people know someone who identifies as LGB; one in ten know someone who is trans*. Coming out matters, and has a direct impact on building the awareness and support we need to move our state and our communities forward.