The Brighter Side Of Coming Out: Uplifting Stories Of Bursting Out Of The Closet

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. It’s a lot harder to come out to a Bible-thumping, gun toting dad than it is one who took you to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch when you were twelve. Luckily I got the latter.

And more and more, the tide does seem to be shifting. Kids are coming out at younger ages, and finding more support. Certainly not all the time, but the trend is unstoppable.

We wanted to take a break from the heartbreaking stories and get a sampling of some uplifting coming outs, and Whisper was there to deliver.

Here’s what they found:

I came out to my parents today. Surprisingly they are 100% okay with me being gay. I feel like crying because I'm so happy

I came out to my dad the other day and was super afraid. He laughed and said  I know I have Facebook,  and he's handsome.

When I came out to my parents about being gay the first time they didn't believe me. The second time I did it they smiled and said as long as you're happy we don't care who you end up with

I came out to my male best friend that I was gay. He told me he was gay too then kissed me! I think he's a keeper!

I came out to my family a little over 2 months ago and I've never been closer with them ????

My mom was more upset when I came out as a democrat than when I came out as gay

I came out to my family  by blasting

I came out as gay to my friends

I came out via social media & my parents found out shortly after. Everybody accepts me and I couldn't be happier or more proud ????

I came out to my son as being gay and he said

I came out to my family today and then introduced my boyfriend. They took it unbelievably well... it was nerve racking but I have never felt more loved :)

i thought that my parents were homophobic but  when i told them i was gay they couldn't have been more accepting.

When I came out and told my parents I was gay, my mom handed my dad $20.

When I came out to my mom she said

I came out as gay to my siblings recently and we've never been closer. This is what support feels like.

When I came out to my parents the first thing they said was I thought your sister was the gay one.