Why are people afraid to come out?
Answer: There can be many reasons people are afraid to come out as lesbian, gay or bisexual. It depends on the culture you were brought up in, your religion and the point of view of your family and friends.People coming out now, don’t necessarily realize the stigma associate with being gay as little as ten years ago. Forty years ago, people could and were thrown in jail for dancing with same-sex partners in gay and lesbian bars. It was only in 2003 that the Texas sodomy law was overturned, finally making sex between two same-sex consenting adults legal. In 33 states you can still be fired for being gay.
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HRC's Coming Out Project helps GLBT, as well as straight-supportive people live openly and talk about their support for equality at home, at work and in their communities each and every day.
Learn more about the specific issues around coming out as bisexual.
Learn more about the specific issues around coming out in communities of color.