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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.

Cal

I'm Cal and I'm 14 years old. I've known that I like guys since I was 10 years old, and always called myself bi. I felt more safe that way and thought if anyone knew I was gay it would be a massive thing. I finally accepted that I was gay at the age of 12, and have since been busting to tell someone. You don't have to come out until you're 100% ready to.

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Jacob 1

I am a 12 year homosexual living in Canada. My dad I am pretty sure would rather die then know that his son was gay (Also one of my older sister's is gay), which really makes me feel happy and she hasn't told our dad either.

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Caitlyn

I am a 15 year old bisexual, and my entire life I thought I was completely straight. ...there was a new girl who transferred into my school 2 years ago and as we became good friends, I found that I had a crush on her. I got over my shyness and told her the truth and we started dating shortly after that. We keep it a secret from our parents who are extremely homophobic but after telling one friend and gaining a favorable reaction, we told the rest of our friends and they were more than happy to support us.

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Ashlyn

Im Ashlyn and I'm 16 and im a lesbain. When I was 14 i started realizing that i liked girls, I tried to talk myself out of it for the past two years. I thought if i dated enough guys or found a guy good enough it would change who i am because my family is very religious and I am scared they will shut me out if they knew. I dont know how to tell my family and i dont want to get kicked out of my house and I want to tell some of my friends but I still have two years of high school and I dont know if i can go from social butterfly to "that lesbain girl".

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Lauren 1

Im 14. Ive known for a while im bisexual. Ive dated boys in the past and sometimes it feels right but sometimes it doesnt. I told one of my best friends but shes a loud mouth and loves to gossip, i thought id regret telling her cause i thought she'd tell the school and im not ready to come out to everyone yet, but she hasnt told anyone, Then i told my bestest friend and she understood and shes supportive and listens and helps if im down with anything.

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