Happy National Coming Out Day!
"Coming out" -- two simple words that describe one of the most complex and difficult things an LGBT* person will do in their lifetime.
Define Coming Out
"Coming out of the closet, often shortened to coming out, is a metaphor used to describe LGBT people's self-disclosure of their sexual orientation or their gender identity.
Framed and debated as a privacy issue, coming out of the closet is experienced variously as a psychological process or journey; decision-making or risk-taking; a strategy or plan; a mass or public event; a speech act and a matter of personal identity; a rite of passage; liberation or emancipation from oppression; an ordeal; a means toward feeling gay pride instead of shame and social stigma" Read more on Wikipedia
What You Can Do
When theguide.lgbt Inc first started, the first content we hosted were coming out stories submitted to us by members of our community, i.e. YOU. In that time we have seen how the stories hosted on our platform have been read around the world, made positive impacts on those who read them, and how others were inspired and felt safe to take the next step in their coming out journey. Share your story today.
Every Story is Worth Sharing
We wholeheartedly believe that every story, no matter how easy or how hard it was, is worth sharing.
"My story is short and easy, everyone already knew I was LGBT* so I don't think I should share."
False -- we absolutely need your story. LGBT* youth need to see just how easy coming out can be at times. Coming out is stressful and can cause a lot of anxiety and a story showing just how easy it was can alleviate those feelings.
"My story was pretty traumatic and might scare people."
We understand and have also experienced a somewhat turbulent coming out experience. However, you are here today to tell your story, you're living your authentic life based on your experience. LGBT* youth also need to see that even though things can be difficult, there is always a path forward.
Take a few minutes to share your story. Once your story is published (anonymously or with your name, you pick) it will be shared on a global platform that will make an impact on countless individuals looking for guidance.
OutReach Madison, LGBT* Community Center
Individuals living in the Madison or Dane County area can reach out to a local resource OutReach for additional assistance. LGBT* individuals in this area may also qualify for Wilma's Fund. More information on this resource can be found on our listing page for them.
If you are outside of the Madison or Dane County area, please find a local resource through our directory.