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Coming Out



Coming out is a public expression of authenticity, most commonly in the form of announcing that our gender or sexual orientation is different than a previously assumed straight, cisgender identity. While coming out can be a celebration of self-love and acceptance, it can also put us in an incredibly vulnerable position. In many situations, we have to balance our need for the mental and emotional freedom to live as our true selves with our physical and financial security. Like all efforts to live authentically, the decision to come out is deeply personal and can bring out complicated emotions, even if we are positively received by our family and community.

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4 Tips for Coming Out to Your Parents | Queer 101 | The Advocate

Susan Cottrell, the Christian mom behind freedhearts.org, gives you 4 tips for coming out to your parents (as someone with two queer kids, she's been there before).

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Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians

On a daily basis, author and LGBTQ advocate Amber Cantorna receives emails asking the same question: How does one reconcile their sexuality with their faith? Depression, despair, and thoughts of suicide often haunt LGBTQ Christians as they feel unable to imagine the possibility of living a happy,...

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The Coming Out Handbook

Coming out isn’t always easy. It’s when a person decides to reveal an important part of their identity to someone in their life. For many LGBTQ people, this involves sharing their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

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This Is What It’s Like to Come Out as Trans in the Army

The U.S. military is entering a new era of open service for transgender troops. In January, President Biden reversed his predecessor’s ban on trans service members, and the Pentagon recently released a protocol for those who want to medically transition while serving.

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It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living

Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, and this is especially true for LGBTQ kids and teens. In response to a number of tragic suicides by LGBTQ students, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage uploaded a video to YouTube with his partner, Terry Miller.

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The Risks of Coming Out at Work

Although society has made many strides in queer acceptance and visibility, coming out at work is still a monumental—and sometimes risky—task for many LGBTQ workers.

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5 Tips for Parents of LGBT Kids | Queer 101 | The Advocate

Susan Cottrell, the Christian mom behind freedhearts.org, gives advice to parents of lgbt kids.

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Coming Out as LGBTQ+ in Adulthood

Accepting and sharing your gender or sexual identity is always a complex, emotional journey. Coming out later in life comes with some unique challenges — and some benefits, too

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Why Some Black LGBTQIA+ Folks Are Done ‘Coming Out’

“For those of us who are black and LGBTQIA+, the idea of coming out is sometimes simply not an option.” Executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition David Johns explains why ‘inviting in’ is a more meaningful alternative to ‘coming out.’

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For Asian Americans, Coming Out in 2019 Can Still Present Unique Challenges

A recent study found that only 19 percent of Asian American and Pacific Islander LGBTQ youth said they could “definitely” be themselves at home.

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