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17 Heartwarming Coming-Out Stories That Are Guaranteed To Touch Your Heart

"He told me that it was okay, he still loved me, and I was beautiful just the way I was."

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community for their heartwarming coming-out stories. Here are some of their touching responses:

1. "I knew I was a lesbian for a while before I came out, but I was terrified to tell my parents..."

2. "The first person I came out to was my best friend..."

3. "I came out as trans at work this year..."

4. "I came out through the medium of badges — in true gay form..."

5. "I came out to my mental health counselor in 2016..."

6. "I came out to my mom over the phone because of social distancing, and I didn’t know how long it would be until I saw her again..."

7. "I came out when I was 14, but it was a bit of a surprise to me as well..."

8. "I came out while my mom and I were watching Talk Show the Game Show..."

9. "I was 16 when I started coming out to my friends as pan..."

10. "We were laying on my now-wife's dorm room bed, and I just felt this overwhelming urge to tell her..."

11. "I had come out to my friends as bisexual earlier that week, and to my boyfriend earlier that day..."

12. "I came out on accident..."

13. "When I was 19, I visited my sister; it was the first time we had seen each since I was a baby (over 15 years)..."

14. "I didn't come out as bisexual until I was 32 years old, married with two kids..."

15. "The most important one to me was coming out to my cousin, who I’m really close to..."

16. "We were in a pub having a drink, and I wanted to tell my friends that I was gay..."

17. "I came out as bi in high school at 16..."

Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Do you have a heartwarming coming out story? Let us know in the comments below!