Hello everyone, This month, we're starting a discussion about people's experience coming out. Primarily, EC has always been a community focused on helping people with coming out (though we discuss all sort of other LGBT+ issues too). In 2021, I'm sure there will be many new members joining our website seeking advice this exact topic. We're inviting those who have already come out to share their experiences. In particular, - Is there any advice you would have given yourself in hindsight? - How would you describe your feelings before, during, and after coming out? I don't remember coming out to my friends particularly well - I can't remember it being entirely negative or positive. I do, however, remember coming out to my family. On the whole, it was a very negative experience - but this wasn't unexpected, having already known their religious beliefs. I was fortunate in that I had mentally prepared myself for the worst, and had the support of some of my friends. What I didn't expect was that my relationship with my parents would actually improve afterwards, and that it would allow me to at least live more honestly and less resentful of having to keep that side of my life hidden. While my family still aren't anything near supportive, I think in time, we did come to an understanding I didn't think was possible beforehand. Looking back, what advice or perspectives would you give your former self before coming out?