Coming Out

Coming out is understanding your own sexual orientation or gender identity and then deciding to share it with some or all of the people in your life. Whether it’s for the first time ever or the first time today, the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion — from fear to euphoria. Coming out is different for everyone and is a very personal decision. You — and only you — get to decide if, when, and how you do it.

Resources for Students


The LGBT Office wants you to get the most out of the Safe Space program. In addition to the information on this site you might want to check out these online resources.

The HRC Coming Out Resource Guide (PDF)


The HRC Resource Guide to Coming Out as Bisexual (PDF)


The HRC Transgender Visibility Guide (PDF)


Resources for Ally’s


For more information or to schedule an individual or small group meeting, contact the LGBT Office.

The HRC Coming Out As A Supporter (PDF)