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Coming Out and Identity

Each LGBTQ+ person has their own process for coming to accept their sexual orientation and gender identity and sharing that identity openly with friends, family, classmates, co-workers, their faith community, and the world. It is not an easy process and support can be hard to find.

Lynn businessman and politician came out in 1979 in a Lynn Item series about gays and lesbians.

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That ended all those relationships for a long time.

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I'm just happy if I can date Barbie.

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I accepted the word tomboy.

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My dad is gay.

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Life is really short.

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I decided that it was okay to be me.

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Nobody knew about gays, fags, anything.

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That very much was an existential crisis.

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I moved to America to live my life as a gay man.

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I came out with a former student of mine.

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We need a place for our stories.

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She'd definitely be out of a job.

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Awareness at a young age

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I adopted the term queer for myself.

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I was born gay.

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There was nobody back then to explain what you were going through.

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I was this flamboyant kid growing up.

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Most of our high school group were queer.

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My own willingness to be very out.

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Gay and lesbian identity did not come up.

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I ran away from home after that incident.

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We were close because we felt the same way.

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Coming out stories from diverse backgrounds.

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Everyone was still trying to figure out gender.

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Coming out to her was such a disgrace.

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Coming out at work

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It was really important for students to know.

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If I had come out when I was in high school...

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Weekend lesbians.

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I know a place.

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