Coming Out

Coming out is a life long process of understanding, accepting, and acknowledging your identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or a similar identity. Coming out includes both exploring your identity and sharing that identity with others. The first person you have to come out to is yourself.

Coming out happens in different ways and occurs at different ages for different people. College, in particular, is often the time in which students begin to explore their identities and come out to peers, friends, and family members. Whether you are just beginning your coming out process or are well into it, the LGBT Resource Center has ample resources and a knowledgeable staff to help you through this time.

We welcome you to visit us and ask as many questions as you want, gather as much information as you need, and build a support system within our office and among our other visiting students that can last a lifetime. We hope to see you soon!

Support Groups

Project Q Coming Out Group

Project Q is the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center’s youth development program and safe space. The program serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and allied (LGBTQA) youth and young adults ages 13 to 24 in the greater Milwaukee area. Project Q is a safe, accepting, affirming, drug & alcohol free environment where LGBTQA youth and young adults can fully identify & express themselves without fear of ridicule & harassment.

The Project Q Coming Out Group meets the the 1st Tuesday of the month from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the MKE LGBT Community Center.

For more info, contact Project Q Program Coordinators, Carmen Barnes, Kristen Donat, or MQ Davis at (414) 223-3220.

Milwaukee PFLAG

All meetings are for sharing and caring. Periodically, we have presentations on substantive LGBT issues. We offer a place to talk freely, since we all share similar stories. We support and help each other with problems that arise. We form friendships as we grow in our understanding and acceptance. Anything discussed at meetings comes under the umbrella of confidentiality and all are asked to honor this.

We meet on the 3rd Sunday each month, August thru May, and the 4th Sunday in June from 5:00 to 7:15pm, at:

Martin Luther Church
9235 W. Bluemound Road
Wauwatosa WI.

We do not meet in July.

Online Resources

Below are a variety of resources in PDF format.

HRC Coming Out Resource Guide
The Human Rights Campaign has compiled a multi-page brochure of various resources for coming out.

HRC Coming Out as Trans Guide
The Human Rights Campaign has developed a guide around coming out as transgender.

I Think I Might Be Transgender, Now What Do I Do?
Advocates for Youth offers this brochure by and for transgender youth.

Tips for Coming Out as Asexual
A writer for The Asexual Agenda offers advice on what coming out as asexual might look like.

PFLAG Sé Tú Mismo
Preguntas y respuestas para jóvenes gay, lesbianas, bisexuales y transgéneras.