Coming out about your sexual orientation or gender identity is a very personal decision.
Coming out can be really scary, because you can't always predict how people will react. It can also feel really great to let go of a secret you've been keeping for a long time.
Many people decide to come out to friends, family, school or work in different ways and at different times in their lives.
It's also okay to not come out if you don't want to or if you don't feel safe. If you decide to come out, you will find many people who support you and will be your allies. Other people may have a hard time adjusting to the news.
There are some important things to consider before coming out:
Is coming out something you really want to do or are you being pressured to do it?
Many people are open about their opinions about sexuality and gender but some are not. Do you have an idea about how the person you are coming out to might react?
Are you prepared for the reaction of the person you are coming out to, even if the reaction is bad?
Do you know where to go for support if you get a bad reaction?
If you are coming out to your parents or guardians, have you thought about what you will do if they react negatively? Would it still be safe to live at home? If not, where is another safe place you could go to?
If you are worried about coming out here are some places you can turn to for support: