Celebrate National Coming Out Day with these 18 coming out success stories

National Coming Out Day logo designed by Keith Haring

National Coming Out Day logo designed by Keith Haring

We wish every coming out was like the stories shared below, filled with relief, acceptance and joy.

Unfortunately, coming out isn’t a one-size-fits-all event, and closeted folks often have to weigh their need to speak truth against how they perceive their loved ones will react.

To those still in the closet contemplating revealing your truth — there is always light at the end of the tunnel. If you face rejection, fear or anger from those around you — even family members — know that the ones who truly care about you will come around in the end and see you for the person you truly are.

And hopefully, you’ll all just laugh it off immediately like these lucky folks on Whisper:

When I came out of the closet, my family wasn't upset that I was gay... ...they were actually waiting & holding the door for me to come out when I was ready.

I came out to my dad while eating ice cream one night. It couldn't have gone better. He said "I love that you can feel confident to be yourself around me."

As a gay person, one of the best feelings you can experience is being accepted after coming out to a somewhat homophobic friend. ?

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I came out to my parents. My mom said,"omg lets go shopping and you need a "gay" haircut like the gay guys on TV".... I don't know if I should be scared or happy

I came out to my family last night as gay. It was the scariest moment of my life and I'm so lucky to have an accepting family.

I'm gay and I just came out to my family an hour ago. They told me that they still love me and that I shouldn't be ashamed. I finally did it!

I came out to my friends as gay and all we did last week was talk about cute celebs together!!! I love my friends

I came out to my friends and they didn't even care, we just started making gay puns.?

I came out as gay today to get my father back for being such a hardass. He put his hands on my cheeks and said "I love you, you're my boy no matter what". I cried in his arms for about 10 minutes.

I'm so glad I came out of the closet. They've accepted me for who I am and that's what matters. ?

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