Coming out can mean something different to everyone. Coming out to yourself has to do with developing awareness that you are LGBTIQ+. Some people know how they identify from a very early age, for others it can take time and other people might never find a label that quite fits them. This is all okay!
Coming out to others involves disclosing your LGBTIQ+identity. Coming out to others may be an ongoing process throughout life; though when it’s talked about, for example, as “when did you come out?” it refers to when you first disclosed your LGBTIQ+ identity to significant family and friends. Some people choose to come out only to specific people in their life.
For some people this can be a very difficult process, for other people it’s not difficult at all, and for many people it’s a mixture of both, with great experiences and not-so-great experiences together. It is important to consider a few things to prepare you before you decide to come out to the people in your life.