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Coming Out

The coming out process is different for everyone and changes at different points in your life. The most important thing to remember about the process is that you can take it at your pace. You decide for yourself when to come out and who to come out to. There is no requirement to be out to everyone all the time. Everything you do should be based on your comfort.

When considering coming out, there are a few things to consider, such as where you work, your physical safety, financial security, and any other concerns. Although coming out can be a freeing experience, it can also have many challenges. Like any other major decision, it is important to weigh all of your options and any potential consequences before acting.

Throughout your coming out process, the Office of LGBT Life is here to provide community and support. With several students in our office on a regular basis, you will be able to meet students that have gone through the same process you are right now. Danielle Steele is also available for individual appointments to discuss any concerns you may have. The Office of LGBT Life also has a variety of information pamphlets and library resources. For many students anywhere on the coming out continuum, our student organizations are a supportive environment for building community.

For additional resources at Emory and elsewhere, visit the following links:

Emory University Student Health and Counseling Services

PFLAG Atlanta

Q&A Space-Coming Out Stories from Asian Pacific Islanders

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Network (GLSEN)

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Coming Out Resources