15 Epic Coming Out Stories That Will Give You Feels — Both Happy And Sad

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15 True Coming Out Stories From LGBT People That Will Make You Smile (Or Cry)
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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 can be 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. 

And for those who aren't ready to come out yet, that's okay. 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 LGBT National Hotline at 888-843-4564 or chat with a volunteer online.)

To fill your heart with joy (and a little dread), here are 15 amazing coming out stories.

1. Unconditional love knows no bounds.

 

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

2. 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. True friends stick by your side.

We really need to see more "bros" like this. Friends accept friends, no matter what. These two will be bros for life.

4. Then there are the no big deal responses.

Can you find your dad a girlfriend too?

5. The best stories happen when they're nonchalant.

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

6. A true family bond can't be broken by sexuality.

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. Be grateful for your parents.

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

8. Someone else's pain does not excuse them revealing your truth.

It's not all about you, so stop. It's about me, not you. Me. And some stories are not yours to tell!

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

Yep, sometimes the saying really is true.

10. Your parents can have some fun too.

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

11. This is 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. Coming out is sometimes an accident.

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

13. You never know how much of an impact you can have.

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

14. Revealing your truth can be 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. It's always heartwarming when parents make things a little easier.

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

Editor's Note: This article was originally posted in October 2015 and was updated with the latest information.

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Kyanah Murphy is a writer and former contributor to YourTango.