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24 Awesomely Creative Ways To Come Out Of The Closet

Even though coming out can be awkward and scary, people keep coming up with different ways to do it.

1. Bake a cake:

2. Make a pop-up card:

3. Be your wonderful weird self about it:

4. Say it on a T-shirt:

5. Send out an announcement card:

6. Leave a note.

7. Make it a phone call:

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A U.S. soldier captures himself calling his father and telling him he is gay.

8. Make it a milestone on your facebook:

9. Type it up:

10. Practice on your dog first:

11. Say it during a graduation speech:

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12. Or during an assembly:

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13. Bury the lede on facebook:

14. Film it:

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15. Make it into a YouTube hit:

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16. Use note cards:

17. Have someone else do it for you:

18. When all else fails? More baked goods.

Celebs can get creative as well:

19. Frank Ocean on Tumblr:

20. Governor Jim McGreevey of New Jersey paired his resignation speech with his coming out:

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21. Lana Wachowski paired coming out with receiving an award:

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Lana Wachowski, one half of the sibling duo that directed The Matrix and Cloud Atlas, gave this touching speech about her coming out process as she received the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award.

22. Ellen DeGeneres came out on her own sitcom:

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Ellen came out on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997. Subsequently her character on the sitcom came out of the closet to her therapist, played by Oprah Winfrey.

23. Janet Mock in "Marie Claire":

24. Wanda Sykes came out to the public during an anti-prop 8 rally:

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We love you all for sharing your coming out stories with us! But we also love the queers who are not out and who are surviving and existing as your beautiful selves.