For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people, coming out is an important process. On October 11, people nationwide will celebrate loved ones as they come out, and together we will recognize the power of living openly.
Opening up to friends and family about your sexual orientation and/or gender identity can be scary. It should be freeing, but there’s no denying the stress involved in coming out. And there’s often no way to predict what someone’s reaction might be. That’s why it’s so important to plan and prepare before you come out, should you decide to do so. Remember, National Coming Out Day isn’t about pressuring people to come out. There is no universal time, place, and means to coming out. It should be done on your own terms and on your own time.
The True Colors Fund invites you to join us in celebrating the joy of being out by watching the 3rd annual State of Out Youth – a panel of LGBT youth discussing what it’s like to be young and out in the world today. And join the conversation online using #OutYouthForum!