Today (October 11th) is ‘National Coming Out Day,” internationally observed civil awareness day for coming out and for discussion for those in the LGBT community. Even though the name says national, this day is officially recognized in Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Croatia, Poland, and the United Kingdom (on October 12th in the UK).
Earlier on in our Homorazzi experience, many of us each took the time to share our “coming out” story with you, giving you a little bit of insight as to our own backgrounds and experiences in the hope that you could relate, and for any of you in the closet, you may even be inspired to come out yourself. Each person went through their own journey in coming out. Some early on, some later in life, some went well and some had some bumps along the way. One cast member even came out only to discover that his sister was a lesbian! I’ve also included our cast “It Gets Better” video as well, in case you’ve missed it. Many of our coming out stories are discussed in our video. Stay tuned for more coming out stories from our writers that haven’t shared them yet (Feel free to send them over, guys)!
Happy “National Coming Out Day”! Feel free to check out our coming out experiences below.
I grew up in a small town in Northern, BC. and grew up in a Catholic family. For me, that was what would make it hard to come out and never thought I would be able to do it. What finally prompted me to come out? Read the story to find out. To read my coming out story, click here. To hear his radio interview about coming out and about starting Homorazzi with Donovan, click here.
Donovan came out much later in life and actually only came out officially to his parents after having started Homorazzi with me. Crazy right? You’ll have to read the whole story. To read Donovan’s coming out story, click here.
Dan first face struggles with his sexuality in high school and was worried about how his parents (particularly his father) would react if and when he came out. To read Part 1 of Dan’s coming out story, click here. To read Part 2, click here.
Redd’s coming out story is that he actually never came out. So what does that mean? Well you’ll have to read to find out. To read Redd’s coming out story, click here.
Topher knew he was gay when he was about 10 and remembers a few different key experiences (some drunk) with coming out . To read Topher’s coming out story, click here.
When Jonny came out of the closet, he was completely thrown off to learn that his sister was a lesbian and would be coming out as well! To read Jonny’s coming out story, click here.
Kevin grew up in a mormon family and really struggled with coming out. In his Grade 12 year, it was his father who told him, “Kevin, you’re gay.” What!? You’ll have to read the story to see how this came about and what happened afterwards. To read Kevin’s coming out story, click here.
When Stephen was dating Kevin a few years ago, he struggled with the decision to be open about his sexuality at work or not. To read Stephen’s struggle with deciding whether or not to be out at work, click here.