coming out

On National Coming Out Day, LGBTQ people took to Twitter to share their experiences. Here are eight pieces of advice that stood out.
We got lost in the depths of YouTube. Here are our favourite coming out stories, offering support, happiness and hope.
There’s a difference between the supposedly straightforward act of ‘coming out’, and the way more performative act of living that self in front of people.
England’s first and only openly gay male professional footballer, Justin Fashanu, is inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame. The induction comes on what would have been the footballers 59th birthday and coincides with the launch of the National Football Museum’s LGBT+ Tour. Fashanu endured discrimination and prejudice throughout his playing career and posthumously is widely seen as a hero of the LGBT community for coming out. The former striker and Britain’s first black £1million player died by suicide in 1998 aged 37, eight years after coming out publicly.
I thought my mum and dad were a perfect double act. But both my parents had been living a lie for their entire lives, writes James Lubbock.
Openly gay rugby league star Keegan Hirst was among men who turned up to donate at what campaigners called an ‘illegal blood bank’. Setup by campaigners FreedomToDonate at a secret location in London, the blood drive was to protest a three month deferral period for gay and bisexual men who want to give blood. The blood will not enter the national supply but represents the campaign's hope that in future blood like this could be used to save lives.
Most of the time people don’t mean to offend, but with representation of bisexual people, especially men on TV so bare, it is difficult for them to know how to treat us
For Martin, learning to live as his authentic self didn’t have an age limit.
Still, he said, "It’s not up to any of us to judge or belittle anyone’s coming out journey."
The other day, my very gay friend came out to one of her old friends (and, like I am of everyone who has ever come out, I