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10/11/2014 06:53 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

National Coming Out Day 2014: LGBT Whisper Users On Acknowledging Their Sexuality In The Open

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National Coming Out Day was first celebrated on Oct. 11, 1988, exactly one year after the historic March On Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

Now in its 26th year, National Coming Out Day remains a time for both celebration and contemplation, giving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as well as their allies an opportunity to share who they are and encourage an open discussion with those who have yet to come out of the closet.

As part of HuffPost Gay Voices' ongoing partnership with Whisper, we looked for some of the most profound coming out stories shared by the app's anonymous LGBT users -- and the results ranged from touching to distressing.

"I told my mom I was a lesbian when I was 16," one user wrote. "My mom told me, 'As long as you are happy, who am I to tell you who to love?' My mother and I became closer and are still close 8 years later."

Wrote another: "I fully came out to my parents and the nightmares finally stopped. It's fine that they aren't accepting I'm just glad I can sleep again."

Check out all of the amazing responses below, and be sure to check out more on Whisper here.

I came out to my very conservative family this year. When they said they still loved and accepted me, it made me so happy I cried on the way back to campus. I was so scared they
I came out to my homophobic uncle at 18. He said some pretty nasty things. I left at 3Am and just ran. My brother found me and said he would protect me. Find support until you can stand on your own
Since I was young, I knew I wasn
My grandma just told me she can
Told my dad and step mom im gay, they took it better than my mom. Feels like a big weight has been taken off my shoulders and the chain of fear has been cut and i feel so free
I was a closeted gay boy for the past 24 years. I only came out 7 months ago, and it devastated the life that I had. Still trying to get back on my feet again. On the other hand though, I
Finally told my two teenage kids I am Gay.  It was the most frightening Day of my life.  The good news is that they still love me for me.
I fully came out to my parents and the nightmares finally stopped. It
since I
After 18 years of hiding my sexuality from everybody, I finally came out and told my mum and best friend. They told me that they always knew and that they
I came out as pansexual to some of the people in my USAF recruit group. They all accepted me. I hope I
Today I told my friends I am bisexual. One asked me about it. Two told me that they are too. A couple already guessed it. But everyone was happy and glad I came out. They all accepted me for who I am.
I told my mom I was a lesbian when I was 16. My mom told me "as long as you are happy, who am I to tell you who to love?" My mother and I became closer and are still close 8 years later.
just came out to my parents and gave them the cake in the picture. It was very emotional and there was tons of questions, but it went really well! Finally happy. :)
My mom grabbed my phone one day...thats when she found out I was gay. :/ unfortunately I wasnt the one able to tell them first so it came out in the wrong way. Hence, trust issues.

For more coming out stories and other LGBT community confessions, check out Whisper here.

Take a look at HuffPost Gay Voices' previous collaborations with Whisper:

When A Spouse Who Identified As Heterosexual Comes Out As Gay: Whisper Users Sound Off

LGBT Customers Sound Off On Their Experiences With Anti-Gay Discrimination At Restaurants, Businesses

The Moment I Knew I Was LGBT: Whisper Users Reveal Their Time Of Self-Discovery

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