Ohhh, the closet. Such a familiar place to us queers. We've all been there in one way or another. We've all been through that feeling of holidng in a secret or two. To have the courage to come out of that place is a liberating and beautiful experience. Profess your true identity to the world is the gate way to living freely and honestly. That being said, coming out is a tricky and nuanced process.
As creators of this project, we ourselves have shared the same common "struggle" as our fellow queer youths. Albeit common, this experience is an extremely pesonal one, unique to every individual. Some have it harder than others and some never really have to do it. There's no one way to come out to the world, and there is definitely no right time to come out either. We all do it at our own pace. Some of us never stops coming out. And even though it is exciting, safety is still the first priority. But, for what its worth, this space right here is created to help those who need a little help. It is hate-proof and perfect for first-timers who are getting used to their sexuality. Try it out! Tell us your truth!
I can out sophomore year of high school. I was so nervous my parents wouldn't accept me. They did and still do. It was very hard but I had a girlfriend and they were just happy that I was happy. I've been less depressed since I came out.
Throughout my early childhood, I had denied my attraction towards both men and women. Pressured from the Catholic church, heteronormative society, and my ethnic culture, I felt as if I had to keep my feelings to myself. That all changed in 8th grade: I decided to come out to a couple of my friends. And that changed everything about how I expressed myself. I could finally talk about being LGBTQ and make connections based on it. Since then, I have slowly been meeting more of my community and celebrating our identities.
I first realized I was pan in 8th grade, and didn't come out to anyone until the 9th grade. At first, I was very secretive about my queerness, but throughout my time in high school, I found a community that was supportive and accepting of me, so now I've become more open about my orientation. However, I still have not come out to my family and do not ever intend to, due to strong homophobic beliefs. I love being gay though :) girls are so pretty <3