18 Coming Out Success Stories To Celebrate National Coming Out Day

We wish every coming out was like the stories shared below, filled with relief, acceptance and joy.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always play out so well. Coming out is not a one-size-fits-all kind of activity, and often closeted folks have to weigh their need to speak truth against how they perceive their loved ones will react.

But to those still in the closet contemplating revealing your truth — there is always light at the end of the tunnel. If you face rejection, fear or anger from those around you — even family members — know that the ones who truly care about you will come around in the end and see you for the person you truly are.

And hopefully, you’ll all just laugh it off immediately like these lucky folks on Whisper:

When I came out of the closet, my family wasn't upset that I was gay... ...they were actually waiting & holding the door for me to come out when I was ready.

I came out to my dad while eating ice cream one night. It couldn't have gone better. He said

As a gay person, one of the best feelings you can experience is being accepted after coming out to a somewhat homophobic friend. ?

I came out to my parents. My mom said,

I came out to my family last night as gay. It was the scariest moment of my life and I'm so lucky to have an accepting family.

I'm gay and I just came out to my family an hour ago. They told me that they still love me and that I shouldn't be ashamed. I finally did it!

I came out to my friends as gay and all we did last week was talk about cute celebs together!!! I love my friends

I came out to my friends and they didn't even care, we just started making gay puns.?

I came out as gay today to get my father back for being such a hardass. He put his hands on my cheeks and said

I'm so glad I came out of the closet. They've accepted me for who I am and that's what matters. ?

When I came out as gay, my dad asked me if I was sexually abused as a child. I said no, and he's been ok with it since.

Yesterday i came out to my friends and its amazing to be able to be openly gay around people

I came out as gay to my parents. They both cried and said they've known but were waiting for me to be ready. I love them so much!

I came out as gay to my puppy, because I know he will still love me no matter what I am.

I just came out to my friends and family as gay and found peace. I'm in a stable relationship with my best friend and I love him so much. I'm so happy!

When I came out of the closet ???? My dad laughed and my mom said no shit

I'm gay and recently came out to my friends.. it's the best thing I've ever done

All in all, things did get better after I came out of the closet. It was terrifying but I'm glad I did.

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