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You'll Laugh (and Cry) After Reading These 11 Inspiring Coming Out Stories

You'll Laugh (and Cry) After Reading These 11 Inspiring Coming Out Stories

You'll Laugh (and Cry) After Reading These 11 Inspiring Coming Out Stories

Are we the only ones obsessed with reading coming out stories?!

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Maybe you’re thinking about coming out. Maybe you came out years ago. Either way, there’s something about reading a good coming out story that just really hits so hard. So we were in love when we came across When I Came Out.

This inclusive site collects coming out stories from submitters and shows that coming out encompasses an entire range of experiences. It's relatable, it's funny, and it'll make you cry. But it’ll also make you feel so much less alone. If your queer circle is small, sometimes it just feels so good to read about experiences like yours and hear voices that remind you of a younger, or maybe help you imagine a future, version of yourself.

The rules for When I Came Out are simple: stories should be five sentences or less and begin with "When I came out..." Not everything submitted is posted to their site, which leads to high-quality submissions worth reading.

Here are some of our fave reasons to come out.

1. Because coming out can be surprisingly easy

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2. Because your friends are probably queer, too

3. Because it's extremely freeing

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4. Because your friends should love you, anyway

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5. Because coming out can be hilarious

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6. Because you deserve to feel confident

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7. Because you are not a secret

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8. Because the support feels SO good

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9. Because you could be stressing over nothing!

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10. Because coming out can be so empowering

 10. Because coming out can be so empowering

Long story short? Coming out is your choice. But if you do, we hope you know you have all of our love and deserve nothing but happiness, respect, and empowerment.

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Rachel Charlene Lewis

Rachel Charlene Lewis is a writer, editor, and queer woman of color based in North Carolina. Her writing has most recently appeared in Ravishly, Hello Giggles, and elsewhere.

Rachel Charlene Lewis is a writer, editor, and queer woman of color based in North Carolina. Her writing has most recently appeared in Ravishly, Hello Giggles, and elsewhere.