15 EPIC Coming Out Stories That'll Give You Feels, Both Happy & Sad

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Some of these are so very right. Others, not so much.

No doubt, this is an exciting time for the LGBT+ community with same-sex marriage legalized in all 50 states (finally!) and the trans* community gaining more visibility.  

This more-accepting environment means that more and more members of the LGBT+ community could be coming out to family, friends, co-workers, teammates, etc.

Coming out takes a lot of courage and finesse. Some people use humor. Some use emotion. And sometimes, their families react the “right” way. But not everyone is so lucky.

Both sides of coming out stories are important to share — our society has come far but we also have a long way to go.

These are some coming out stories sure to make you smile and others that will break your heart.

And for those of you who aren't ready to come out yet, that's OK. Come out when you're ready and when you're in a safe position to do so.  If you need help, advice or just someone understanding to talk to, call the GLBT National Hotline at 888-843-4564 or chat with a volunteer online.

1. Perfection.



This is what coming out should be like. A mother saying that a mother loves their child no matter what and then carrying on with normal conversation. 

2. We're glad you figured it out because we already did. 


Sometimes you just know. Sometimes parents just know with their kids and sometimes, it turns out, that you may already know about one of your parents!

3. You're still my bro 


We really need to see more 'bros' like this. Friends accept friends, no matter what, if they are truly your friend. These two will be bros for life.

4. The no-big-deal response.


Can you find your dad a girlfriend too?

5. Yeah, you're awesome but ...


I mean, she's Ellen. Sorry, kid; she's tough to beat. 

6.  Just no.


Without a doubt, withholding love and name-calling is the  INCORRECT way to respond to your child coming out and revealing their true selves to you. 

7. The worst parents ever? 


Homosexuality isn't a  mental illness. You can't medicate it away.

8. But it's all about myyyy pain.


Jeez woman it's not all about you. Stop making it about you. It's about me. Not you. Me. And some stories are not yours to tell!

9. The apple doesn't fall far far from the tree. 

Yep, sometimes the saying really is true.

10. They were betting on you. 


Eh, could be worse. It's a laugh.

11. Just a "typical" dad thing to say.


Sex is sex to this dad. And he doesn't want his kid having ANY of it.

12. See you in hell, grandma!


He couldn't take it in the closet any longer.

13. You're an inspiration.


You may think you aren't making an impact but every now and then someone may surprise you!

14. A piece of cake ...


"Good morning parents, I'm gay. I've wanted to tell you for a long time. I thought doing it this way would be a piece of cake. I hope you still love me. I mean, it's hard not to love someone who baked you a cake. All my friends know and still love me. Your acceptance would be the icing on the cake. I hope you, much like this cake, are not in tiers. I hope we can look back on this and say 'boy, this one really takes the cake!' It gets better. Love, Laurel (sorry for so many puns)"

15. Let us help you make this a little easier.

Isn't it just like amazing parents to HELP their child overcome a challenging obstacle. Kudos!