Coming Out

Coming Out

'Coming out' is the term used when a person reveals their sexual orientation or gender identity to their family, friends, and/or peers. It can also be a process of embracing and acknowledging one's own sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Are you thinking of 'coming out' but you're feeling overwhelmed? That's ok! The first step is making sure you are ok with your sexuality. You may have to give yourself some time to be comfortable with who you are no matter what that might mean in the eyes of others. If you choose to disclose your sexual orientation or gender identity, be sure it is to someone you trust, who will respect your privacy and encourage you going forward.

Unfortunately, you may not always encounter positive reactions when coming out. It is very common to be worried about rejection, judgment, or losing family support or friendships. It's important to remember that your sexual orientation and gender identity are just two parts of who you are: they DO NOT define you! For more information, visit:

Local Resources:

  • LGBTQ2+ Youth Services: Outreach, support and counseling for young people 12-25 and their families in Ottawa. Request counseling through Social Services Intake 613-233-5430, and leave a phone number or email address where it is safe to contact you. Please visit the Centretown Community Health Centre website for more information.
  • Youth Services Bureau: LGBTQ2+ positive individual, family and group counseling and crisis intervention within Ottawa, for youth 12 years and older. Counseling Intake: 613-562-3004.
  • PFLAG Ottawa: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Ottawa, is a support group for parents, families, friends and spouses of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. Call 613-860-7138.
  • KIND (formerly Pink Triangle Services): For youth up to age 24. Youth lead peer support and discussion group. For more information, contact PTS 613-563-4818.
  • The Youth Line: Ontario's provincial LGBT peer support and info line 1-800-268-9688.
  • KidsHelp Line: 1-800-668-6868.
  • Family Service Centre of Ottawa for counseling/therapy for all ages on a sliding fee scale.

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