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LGBT National Coming Out Support Hotline
888-688-5428 (888-OUT-LGBT)


Mon - Fri:
1 PM - 9 PM/pacific time
4 PM - Midnight/eastern time

9 AM - 2 PM/pacific time
Noon - 5 PM/eastern time

What Does Coming Out Mean?

Whether You are 13 or 83,

We will be Here for You

Each person is on their own journey, and how to come out, or if to come out, is a very individual choice. 

Coming out can mean different things to different people.  Everything starts with coming out to yourself, and that can take time and support.  We are here to provide you with that support.  For some people, coming out can also include friends and family.  But each person gets to make those choices in their own time. 

While we never tell someone whether they should come out, we are here with you to think about those big decisions and to provide the care and safe space you deserve.

We Got You! We're Glad You Found Us. No Matter Where You are on Your Journey, We are Here for You.

  • Our highly trained & dedicated LGBTQIA+ volunteers are here to provide free & confidential services.

  • We offer support, information, and local resources throughout the United States and beyond.

  • We don't report calls to outside organizations.

  • We answer all of our own calls, we don't outsource.

Only half of lesbian, gay, and bi people (46%) and trans people (47%) feel able to be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity to everyone in their family.

"I'm scared to come out to my mom, what if she kicks me out? If I don't come out to her, aren't I lying? I don't know what to do."

What to expect when calling the hotline

We provide a safe space while on a call.

All of our peer support volunteers are trained and identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Our calls are confidential. We don’t know who you are.

There are no recordings made of your conversation.

If you would like us to search for local resources near you, we might ask for your zip code/postal code or city, state, or country. We will never ask for your exact address.

Sometimes our conversations can be heavy, and a person might need to end the call. That’s ok. You will not be judged, and we’re very glad you spoke to us for the amount of time you did.

We don’t call other suicide hotlines, 911, or rescue services on your behalf. While we will not make those calls for you, we will do our best to provide you with the phone numbers to call for yourself if you choose, and we will stay on the line if you like (The exception is if you make a credible threat to someone else).

If you attempt to start a call during open hours and can’t get through, that means that all of our volunteers are currently talking with other people. Please try back in a few minutes. Should you still not be able to get through, you are always welcome to email us at