Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) or a lesser known sexuality such as Asexual. On 11th October 2016, we will mark the 28th anniversary of National Coming Out Day.
Tania Ellwood from MyUmbrella describes her recent coming out experience:
So I called my parents to wish my dad happy Father's day, as I forgot to send him a card - oops! But I gave him a lovely present - I told him I was trans. He's 91 and just replied 'We love you and only want you to be happy, that's all we care about' So now the truth is out - and so am I lol
My Mum (who's 89) said more or less the same thing, 'You're our son and always will be. We made a promise to your birth mother to love and care for you, and that's what we will do. Be happy, don't do anything illegal and have fun'
A lot has happened in my life recently, I've ended a relationship, I've got a new job, trying to find a new place to live, made new friends, and made a speech at a Vigil for the Orlando nightclub victims in front of 200 people. So I got to thinking why not go the whole hog and tell my parents I'm transgender? To be honest they probably had an idea, but as they said they didn't care as long as I wasn't breaking the law.