‘Coming out’ is short for ‘coming out of the closet’, which means telling people around you that you are gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
Usually, people assume that other people are straight. If you are not, and you want people to know, then you have to tell them. This is a constant process. Even if your family and friends already know about your sexual orientation, you still might want to come out to new people you meet in life.
Some people choose not to come out. That’s OK too. Others choose to tell a few people they think should know, and that’s also OK. It’s up to you to decide who to tell. Your sexuality is a private matter, and you don’t have to discuss it with anyone if you don’t want to.
Coming out can be a very brave thing to do. Many people are afraid of how others might react. There is no right or wrong way to come out. It depends on you and your relationship with the person you are telling.
Every time you come out is like the first time, because you’ll always get a different reaction. But practice makes it easier, and the more people you come out to the more comfortable you’ll feel about it – and about yourself.
Just be prepared, and think carefully about who you want to tell, especially if you live somewhere where homosexuality is criminalized or not generally accepted.