Characters Unite

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What would you do if a friend came out to you as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender?

Coming out isn’t easy – it’s an act of bravery and truth.

So if someone opens up to you, honor their trust and courage with the respect they deserve.

This Characters Unite Month, get resources from the Human Rights Campaign on how to be a straight supporter and go to to help stop hate and discrimination.

The Facts

  • 9 in 10 LGBT youth are out to their close friends. (Source: HRC, Growing Up LGBT in America report

  • Youths who are out to immediate family are more likely to report being happy than those who are not out. (Source: HRC, Growing Up LGBT in America report

  • 87 percent of lesbian, gay or bisexual adults have come out to another person. (Source: The Williams Institute)


Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are sons and daughters, moms and dads, doctors and lawyers, teachers and so much more. They serve in Congress, protect our country on the front lines and contribute to the well-being of the nation at every level. In all that diversity, they have one thing in common: They each make deeply personal decisions to be open about who they are with themselves and others — even when it isn’t easy.

Some people will face negative reactions when they take this bold step. But many will find that it feels far better to be open and honest than to conceal such an integral part of themselves. They also come to recognize that the personal decision to live openly helps break down barriers and stereotypes. And in doing so, they make it easier for others to follow their example.

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