Coming Out of the Closet

The greatest and most liberating thing I've done in my life thus far was coming out of the closet. Although the thought of doing so may seem thoroughly daunting the outcome and rewards are amazing and beautiful. Listed here are a few links I have collected over the years which cover everything from tips on coming out, personal stories and testimonials, to online resources and groups.

You are not alone. You are loved. You deserve to be happy.

ARTICLES
  • Tuesday's Tips: Coming out of the closet advice by Davey Wavey
  • "Continuing our Tuesday’s Tips tradition, this week, we’ll focus on advice for guys and gals looking to come out of the closet. Each and every day, I get countless emails from people of all ages soliciting advice for their particular out-of-the-closet situation. While each situation is different, here are my general guidelines..."Read more »
  • I'm Coming Out by Elle Estanol
  • "Coming out did change my sense of self; I felt very limited before I came out. I kept myself in check and made sure not to show any signs of impending gayness." | Read more »
  • My Second Coming Out by Elle Estanol
  • "I am constantly coming out to people in my day to day interaction with strangers, acquaintances, passerby, and especially my relatives."Read more »
  • Every Kids' Hero by Elle Estanol
  • "They faced adversity, hate, and bigotry. They would fall and be defeated by their foes but every time you could count on them to come right back up, stronger and still fighting." | Read more »
  • "This is your stonewall" by Chaim Levin
  • "The voice and message that's been festering inside of me for the past 22 years finally made it's way to the stage and told the world the truth, my truth, my reality, and how for me, growing up frum and gay was like survival of the fittest. I'm thankful to be here today, to be able to send this positive message to people everywhere, although as was clearly visible in my life, things can be really horrible and can make us feel like we have no hope, like were crushed, but if you stick it out, hang in there, think about the good days that lie ahead for you, it will get better, trust me, it's not just a cliche, life really gets better. " | Read more »
  • Dear JONAH members... by Benjy Unger
  • "Contrary to what Jonah tells you, living the "gay life" is anything but miserable and depressing. On the contrary; ever since I decided to be truthful to myself and realize this is who I am AND WHAT I WAS BORN WITH, I have been happier and more at peace with myself than ever. I have found true happiness and love." | Read more »
RESOURCES

  • The Trevor Project
  • The Trevor Project provides online support to young people through the organization’s Web site, and also provides lifesaving guidance and vital resources to educators and parents.
  • PFLAG (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
  • PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
  • HRC (Human Rights Campaign)
  • As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality.
  • GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network)
  • GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
  • National Coming Out Day on the 11th of October