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Coming Out

Coming Out is a phrase used to describe the processes that someone goes through when they are recognizing their identity as LGBTQ, Two Spirit, or Same Gender Loving. It is also used to denote telling other people about one's identity. Coming out is a lifelong process although most people have an initial phase where they are first coming out to themselves. There have been several developmental models created to describe the coming out process (see articles in right column).

Human Rights Campaign has a guide to coming out that can be helpful. Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) also has some useful resources regarding coming out.