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Coming Out  

The most common rite of passage for GLBT people is the process of coming out. Coming out means identifying yourself as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Coming out to yourself. Coming out to others. Coming out to loved ones who you fear may reject you. Most people take this step because they cannot stand hiding who they are anymore.

   "Everyone thinks they're the only ones who have these feelings. But that's not the truth. There are people who came before you and people who will come after you."
- Candace Gingrich, activist

   YFFN understands the pain that most of us go through- and not just GLBT folks, but their loved ones as well. With the help of our friends at the Human Rights Campaign we have included HRC's resource guide that provides factual information and may help you get past the societal stereotypes about yourself and others. There are some good books and religious resources listed as well.

October 11th is National Coming Out Day!!

National Coming Out Day was founded by Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary on October 11, 1988 in celebration of the first gay march on Washington D.C. a year earlier. The purpose of the march and of National Coming Out Day is to promote government and public awareness of gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender rights and to celebrate homosexuality.

National Coming Out Day is a time to publicly display gay pride. Many choose this day to come out to their parents, friends, co-workers and themselves.

What does it mean to "come out"?

Coming out is the process of personally accepting your homosexuality and disclosing it to family, co-workers and friends. Coming out is different for every gay or bi person. Some experience a lot of pain and anguish while for others acceptance is a joyous time. It's perfectly normal to experience fear, doubt, loneliness, anger and even depression. Try to surround yourself with others that may be going through the same transition or who have already come out. They can be a great support network. If you don't have any gay friends or don't know anyone else coming out, there are discussion forums and chat rooms that have plenty of positive influences


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Resource Guide to Coming Out



Coming out was the best thing I ever did ... It took all the fears away.
- k.d.lang, singer

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