Today, October 11, is National Coming Out Day, a day when you can either come out of the closet to family and friends, or share your own coming out story. For those of you in the latter camp, tell us, what was your coming out like?
Feel free to share with our readers how you did it and why you did it. Was it a happy occasion full of tears? Was it a painful moment full of tears? Were you embraced? Kicked out of the house? Or worse? Those still hiding in the proverbial closet would probably like to hear your story and glean some sound advice—especially from those of you who came out later in life. (As someone who came out as gay the second we left the womb, we are personally fascinated by those who reveal that they are queer later in life.)
Here are a few people who captured their coming out to family members on video.
This mom knew it all along and didn't need her son's dramatic setup, God bless her:
Dad says he okay with it in only a way that dad can: by smoking, dropping an octave or two, and saying he couldn't stand to see his son "making out with a mother fucker." Oh, dad:
And finally Catherine Tate (of The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who, and The Office) shows the proper reaction to hearing that your child is gay:
Founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist, Jean O'Leary, an openly-gay political leader from LA and then head of the National Gay Rights Advocates chose the say, October 11, because it marks the anniversary of the 1987 national march on Washington for LGBT rights.