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11 coming out stories from people who are #OutAndProud

11 coming out stories from people who are #OutAndProud

Today is National Coming Out Day.

Mary M, aka Twitter user @feministgayry, invited people to share their coming out stories with the hashtag #OutAndProud. Every Sunday, she creates queer hashtags for people to share and use to open dialogues.

She then shared her own coming out story.

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Sharing her story | Photo: Twitter @feministgayry

Mary M wrote she fell in love with a woman when she was 13, but didn’t accept herself and her sexuality until she was 14 and met an online friend who was also gay.

People began flooding the hashtag with their own stories, all at once uplifting, inspiring, and heartbreaking.

Here are 11 of those stories.

‘I started crying’

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Telling her mom | Photo: Twitter @kaylamarie_013

This user told her mom and started crying. Her mom’s response was to tell her she’s strong, not alone, and valid.

‘Happy 20gayteen’

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First kiss alert! | Photo: Twitter @gcrushrry

Being out to your friends, but not yet your family is totally valid. Coming out is a different process for everyone.

User @gcrushrry also had their first kiss with a girl this past Pride, which is definitely worth celebrating.

‘Things will get better’

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Coming out should be on your own terms | Photo: Twitter @verylargegay

Coming out can be even harder if it’s taken away from you. User @verylargegay writes her mom still doesn’t accept her, but her friends do, and there’s hope things can get better.

‘More sleepovers’

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Sign me up for sleepovers | Photo: Twitter @lvpezzvale

Heck yeah sleepovers!

Never have I ever…

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What a way to come out | Photo: Twitter @farawaydodie

This is definitely a memorable coming out story — telling your friends during a game of Never Have I Ever! At least it all turned out for the best.

‘Gender doesn’t matter’

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Telling mom, dad, and sister | Photo: Twitter @giainterrompue

For this Twitter user, both of her parents jumped the gun and simply made comments about it. Luckily, they were both supportive and her dad told her that ‘gender doesn’t matter’.

‘Proud of be bisexual’

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Not every experience is good | Photo: Twitter @baileyxtaylor

‘I came out three years ago and got laughed at by my family,’ writes @baileyxtaylor.

Now they’re more accepting and she says she’s proud to be bisexual.

‘Hard to accept myself’

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It’s a different process for everyone | Photo: Twitter @evexlien

For user @evexlien, her parents were supportive of her at first but ‘then they’d tell me how they can’t accept that I like girls’.

Now it’s making it harder for her to accept herself. Everyone’s journey is different, but all are valid and worth love and acceptance.

‘She’s proud!’

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Pride from everyone | Photo: Twitter @rauhling_bizzle

Identities can change over time, but for user @rauhling_bizzle, her mom is proud of who she is now and that’s good.

An anniversary

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Celebrating an anniversary | Photo: Twitter @Sophia_corinne

For some, National Coming Out Day is a reminder of when they came out and how far they’ve come.

‘100% out and VERY proud’

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Proud bisexual yessss | Photo: Twitter @_ellacanham

And everyone’s journey is something to be proud of.

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