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Coming out

A selection of HIV/AIDS related personal stories written by different people from all around the world and sent to AVERT.

Crystal: 15 and a lesbian

I'm 15 years old and I'm a lesbian. I have known since about the 1st grade that I liked girls, and not really boys.

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Toby: Coming out at 14

I don't get bullied because I’m not the type of person you'd mess with. But it did come as a shock to everyone, even though I was never the slightest bit homophobic, I was the last person you’d expect to be gay.

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Nickeema: Young and bisexual

I hear a lot of bi-phobic comments from people that don't understand, and most of them are from people in the LGBT community who are supposed to be there for people who are bisexual, but instead they bash us for being us.

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James 1

I am 15 and Gay. I came out over a year ago now. Before I came out, I was completely terrified about how people were going to react. A year on, Life has only just got better. I am a mentor to younger students and also take many other leadership tasks. Without coming out, i simply wouldn't have had the confidence to run for these opportunities. Read more


I, a gay male, a gay teen of 16, have but recently come to terms with my own "internal struggles." My parents took it like champs. They accepted me, told me they'd love me no matter what and even cried a little that I didn't trust them enough to tell them. They tell me things like be careful because the gay lifestyle is harder, more dangerous. Read more