It’s National Coming Out Day and a bunch of beautiful people on Twitter and Instagram have shared their personal stories of how they came out to the world.
Some of them are heartbreaking tales of not being accepted, others are hilarious moments of ‘yes we knew’ from parents and loved ones.
It’s #nationalcomingoutday! Coming out was scary, painful and there were days when I thought it wouldn’t be worth it. Man is it worth it. ??
— Lauren Morelli (@lomorelli) October 11, 2016
Coming out is never easy and it’s a journey that is different for every person. I was 22 in my journey, the age I could begin allowing myself the chance for real happiness. To allow myself not just happiness, but a chance to love, starting with myself. No matter when, no matter where, no matter how your journey unfolds, always remember that no one deserves to make you feel less than. This is a photo of one of the best moments in my life, the day my husband proposed. My 22 year old self never imagined I could have a life that so many people considered “different.” But this is what I call normal. And I’m damn proud my normal is having the hand in this photo be the hand of a man. May everyone forever and always be proud, be proud in your own unique personal journey through life, be proud of who you are and be proud in the life you create. Happy #NationalComingOutDay ??????
Happy #nationalcomingoutday. I ruined Christmas 2006, but it turned out fine in the end.
— Alex Bedder (@itgetsbedder) October 11, 2016
My #NationalComingOutDay story is that I fell in love with my best friend at 19. Agonized for months until he confessed mutual feelings.
— Ghost Timmy Metzner (@timmymetzner) October 11, 2016
I text my mum. She said ‘I thought so’
I text my dad. He said ‘you’re still my son’
No drama #NationalComingOutDay
— Marcus (@MarcusPBogle) October 11, 2016
I’m not kidding when I say I have to come out almost every day, and in each situation I have to assess my safety. #nationalcomingoutday
— nicolette mason (@nicolettemason) October 11, 2016
— Clea DuVall (@cleaduvall) October 11, 2016
It’s #NationalComingOutDay so I guess I should share my story. I was 16 the first time I fell in love. The girl was a close friend of mine and I was so deep in the closet that I didn’t know I was in it. I always insisted that I was straight. It took me three years to realize and accept that I was attracted to girls just as much as I was to guys. These days I alternate between identifying as bisexual and queer. I love women and men equally, but I’m open-minded; it doesn’t make much of a difference what anatomy someone has, as long as they identify as either male or female. In other words, I’m attracted to trans people too. And queer is a much faster way of saying that. #lgbt #pride #bisexual #queer
It’s National Coming Out Day, so I’m moving to the starship Enterprise, where nobody cares that I have a wife and two husbands.
— Annalee Newitz (@Annaleen) October 11, 2016
I’ve been meaning to subtly wear a trans flag pin on Coming Out Day but I forgot that was today so now I’m not sure what I’m coming out as pic.twitter.com/WCJ5uSRau4
— mcc (@mcclure111) October 11, 2016
Completely unsurpisingly, it looks like heterosexual people have been using the day to be general shitbags and are ‘coming out’ as straight, or demanding a ‘national straight day’.
Mates, just let the LGBTQIA community have this one day. Just ONE day. You literally have every other day of the year to profess your straightness.
all my straight irls r posting snapchats of their also straight friends with the national coming out day filter as a joke pic.twitter.com/6sLZxsEa4A
— yuri pope (@0HARAMARI) October 12, 2016
Happy national coming out day. I know this is a surprise, I don’t act like it at all but.. I’m straight. I had to get this off my chest
— Benjamin Neumann (@iambneu) October 11, 2016
So if today is national coming out day, when is national straight day #WhatAJoke what’s happened America?
— Austin Hutchins (@AustinHutchins3) October 12, 2016