“I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you… And you… And you… Gotta give em hope.
~Harvey Milk

Coming out is a process of inspiration. It is an integral step in tearing down the walls of segregation and build up a support system of expression and acceptance. This site is designed to inspire. Be inspiration! Submit your story today!

Mission

It is the mission of comingoutsupport.com to help build a world where humans are fully compassionate towards each other, and embrace all differences between each person.

Vision

Comingoutsupport.com will serve as a space of inspiration and support as people begin to tell their stories of the process of “coming out” to the world as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, queer, transgender, transexual, straight, etc. This site will provide a safe platform for anyone wanting to find the strength they need to be themselves and be okay. All stories entered in the database are entered in an anonymous fashion, unless otherwise requested. This is done to respect the individual’s personal privacy as well as an acknowledgement that coming out is a process and the person who is willing to share their story might not be willing to share their own identity at this stage of coming out.

It is our hope that this site will one day be a record or archive of the trials that once were as we integrate this process more and more into generations to come.

What is “coming out”

According to wikipedia, coming out, or commonly “coming out of the closet,” describes the usually voluntary public revealing of a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This definition describes “coming out” as a single act but http://comingoutsupport.com recognizes that any individual faced with sexual orientation or gender identity differences must go through a process of coming out every day, therefore we would describe it as a process of the voluntary public revealing of a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

About the founder

Hey! So, my name is Tabitha Chapman, and I am a woman, attracted to women. It is something that I struggled with for years and years. I grew up in a fairly homophobic environment with most of my family never having really experienced any close friend being gay. So I suppressed and suppressed that side of me throughout most of my life. It became a bit more difficult to ignore in university, but I became great friends with a concept called “denying reality.” After college, it became something I could no longer deny and I began the process of coming out to myself and to others.

The night that I came out to my mother, who was by far the hardest person to come out to, to date, I created this site. I was looking for stories to help inspire me and give me courage to continue through the next week, trying to be compassionate for my mother and her experience as well as my own.

I created this site in hopes that others can be inspired through my story and the stories of thousands of other people who have “come out” and are here to speak of it. You can read the first part of my own story here: Breaking the ice.