7 Stories of Coming Out on National Coming Out Day [VIDEO]

Words of encouragement and stories from seven people who have been there before.

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Coming out to family and friends is a big moment, and one that’s not always easy. Although the world is becoming a more inclusive and understanding place, going against the norm is always scary.

As homophobic as the internet can sometimes be, it’s also one of the best places to find community. YouTube and social media stars like Tyler Oakley, Joey Graceffa, Pentatonix alums Superfruit, and many more have developed rabid fanbases by being themselves – and being wildly entertaining.

In honor of yesterday’s National Coming Out day, here are stories and words of encouragement from seven individuals who came out to their friends and family as gay and/or transgender.