From reported stories to personal essays - Coming out in 2016 has been shaped by the external factors around us, digitally from social media and video-sharing, social issues like immigration, the refugee crisis and race relations, and also by tragedy, such as the Orlando nightclub shooting in June 2016. Not only are there new ways to come out, but the very definition has changed; coming out no longer just means identifying with a letter in the LGBT acronym — for many it means celebrating what’s beyond the four letters.
Whether it’s sexuality or other identities you assume in different areas of your life such as race, religion, (dis)ability, ethnicity, age, nationality, or an occupation or hobby — this year, celebrate coming out as all of yourself.
For National Coming Out Day (which we've extended to Canada), we’ve put together a list of 13 of the best coming out stories on the web today, from reported pieces to personal essays. Each story presents a different way of coming out, whether it’s differences in coming out between queer and trans Millennials and Baby Boomers, coming out as a lesbian and alcoholic, or being trans in the digital age — regardless, coming out in 2016 presents just as many new opportunities to be out and proud as it does new challenges.
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