29 of the Sweetest, Funniest, and Most Heartwarming Coming Out Stories We've Ever Heard | 22 Words

Today is National Coming Out Day!

It's a special day that takes place every year to celebrate people coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. It was founded back in 1988 by the psychologist, Robert Eichberg, and activist Jean O'Leary. They wanted to encourage queer people to come out to their friends and family members in an effort to fight against stereotypes.

These days, many people see National Coming Out Day as the perfect time to celebrate their own stories of coming out and raise awareness of the LGBT community. Unfortunately, there are plenty of stories about people coming out, who are met with ignorance. Luckily, there are also plenty of friends and family members who don't totally suck and who are there to offer support when their loved ones need it.

If you'd like more resources about coming out, or you'd like to talk to someone about it, check out GLBThotline.com.

In the meantime, here are some delightful coming out stories we found across the web:

They're happy and funny and lovely and are sure to leave a smile on your face. Happy National Coming Out Day!

Cupcakes!

As a matter of fact, cupcakes are actually a great way to deliver just about any message. Everyone loves cupcakes.

Here's a handmade card!

We applaud the bravery and boldness. And also, the incredible artistic skills!

Here's a heartwarming note Nate found from his dad:

Is it just me or did the air around my eyeballs suddenly get very wet?

Piece of cake.

Once again: delivering messages via dessert is usually a pretty solid option. This one also features some incredible puns!

Here's another way to do it:

Hey, whatever gets the message across! You're in charge of your own coming out experience. (I would have loved to see your grandma's face!)

Short, simple, and to the point.

This is yet another lovely story! I guess Ellen is her second-favorite lesbian now.

Classic dad.

He missed his chance to say "Hi gay, I'm dad." Otherwise, I give him a 10/10.

Place your bets!

Kudos to these parents for giving their kid space to come out on their own time. And congrats to their mom who's now $10 richer.

Nerdy, but so great.

Very clever! Also, a great way to study for chemistry!

That was a close one.

This mom has approximately zero chill. But it looks like this convo turned out A-OK.

First one to comment!

Hey, wait a second. I see what you did here.

"Hi gay!"

Oh good! I'm glad someone made the classic dad joke.

High five!

Being embarrassing is what parents do. It's great to see that they were that excited!

You still have to follow the rules.

Establish the rules and check on the BBQ sauce levels. This dad has his priorities straight.

"I wish I did."

Reading these text conversations is really making my day today. I hope this dad finds someone to love, too!

There goes $20.

Another bet?! Is this just a thing some parents do?

Brace yourself.

You never know when the perfect opportunity to come out may turn up. You might be doing something as inconsequential as chewing gum and discussing orthodontia.

Yay! Cake!

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Cake messages are the best!

Thanksgiving.

This year, I'm thankful for these grandparents. And for cornbread.

Here's another sweet convo between friends:

Sometimes, all people need to know is that you love them, support them, and are willing to do whatever they need.

Thanks, Mickey.

I guess Disney really is the happiest place on Earth, huh?

This transwoman came out with her own gender reveal party!

This is a gender reveal announcement I can get behind. I love the balloon!

Wow!

Coming out doesn't just change one life; it changes the lives of the many people they encounter throughout time. What a touching message.

This is amazing.

Now that we've got that out of the way, can you fix the printer?

This one has a bit of a twist:

It features a parent coming out to their child. They clearly did something right while raising their kid to be so loving and supportive.

"As a bro, I'm gonna stick by you."

Everyone deserves a friend like this. (And everyone should be a friend like this, too!)

Two-for-one!

What a surprise! What a delight!

There's always the good old-fashioned "coming out of the closet" technique:

This person pulled it off with great style! Love the poster!

And finally, how about a knock-knock joke?

There you have it. Another great coming out story to share. Happy National Coming Out Day, everyone!