GLSEN's "Coming Out" Guide

HRC Resource Guide 

As a young person, learning about your own LGBTQ identity and coming out in a heteronormative and cisnormative world can be challenging. To help with the coming out process, we’ve compiled some key things for you to think about and consider as you begin to share your identities around sexuality and gender. This is not prescriptive, and your coming out journey(s) may skip around or return to other parts of the list. No two coming out stories are exactly the same; your coming out will be shaped by the supports that you have in school, at home, or in your community, and the privileges you hold in other aspects of your identity.
Throughout the process of coming out and living ever more openly, you should always be in the driver’s seat about how, where, when and with whom you choose to be open. If you're wondering how to come out, this guide was designed to help you through that process in realistic and practical terms. It acknowledges that the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion – from fear to euphoria. Whether coming out to friends, family, coworkers or healthcare providers, your approach and timing will be as unique as your own sense of identity.
"Coming Out" Guide
Resource Guide

Trevor Project's "Coming Out as You" Guide

The Advocate's "Coming Out Stories"

Sharing a big part of who you are with other people can be exciting and tough. That’s why The Trevor Project created “Coming Out As You” – a guide to help you explore important parts of who you are.
Inside you will find questions that many young people think about, and blank spaces to brainstorm how you might answer them. There are also two great worksheets that can help you organize your thoughts. After thinking it through you may decide not to come out – and that’s ok too. Many people choose not to for different reasons.
The Advocate covers everything you need to know about coming out, including the latest stories on public figures who come out as LGBT. The process of coming out varies for each person. Some lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people come out to friends and family at an early age, while others lead a more private life. Activists such as Harvey Milk advocated for all LGBT people to come out of the closet, in order to help increase visibility of the cause and sway the hearts and minds of the American public. For many, the process is difficult and ongoing throughout a lifetime.
"Coming Out As You" Guide
"Coming Out Stories"

Gender Expansion Project's "Coming Out as Trans" 

University of Washington "Thinking of Coming Out?"

Coming out is a process of understanding, accepting, and valuing your sexual orientation/identity. It involves both exploring your identity and sharing your identity with others. Coming out can be a gradual process or one that is very sudden. The first step usually involves coming out to yourself, often with a realization that feelings you’ve had for some time make sense if you can define them as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer.
Coming out as trans*, intersex, gender diverse or as an individual questioning their gender or where they fall within the gender spectrum can be a challenging process, and most likely will not be a one-time event. While it has some similarities with coming out as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, coming out as trans*, intersex or gender diverse poses some unique challenges.
"Coming Out as Trans"
"Thinking of Coming Out?"