Coming Out

Coming Out is now more than ever a youth issue. Studies indicate that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people are aware of their sexual orientation/gender identity by the time they are 13. Chances are that more than a few students at your middle or high school are wrestling right now with how and when to tell their friends and families they are LGB or T. Whether you are LGBT yourself or wondering how to react to a friend who has just come out to you, the following information can help you to manage your coming out experience openly and with sensitivity.

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Coming Out Resources
  • Gay & Lesbian Athletics Foundation
    Promotes acceptance and visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender men and women in the professional, amateur, and recreational athletics communities.
  • Identity House
    New York City-based free peer counseling and coming out support groups.
  • Institute for Personal Growth
    Provides counseling and psychotherapy in New Jersey to people from all walks of life, concerning a vast number of issues and using a wide range of techniques and approaches in psychotherapy.
  • OutProud
    Resource directory of local organizations, TransProud resource area, writings by LGBT youth, and much more.
  • Young Gay America
    Personal stories and interviews of young, out LGBT people and their allies. Links and other fun resources.
  • Youth Resource
    An LGBT-focused project of Advocates for Youth ( which champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Also information on coming out and resources for deaf LGBTQ youth.