Tuesday was National Coming Out Day, and LGBTQ-identifying people everywhere celebrated by announcing their sexual orientation. Some, choosing to come out publicly, with a Facebook post, or even a Snapchat filter. Madison Cavalchire talked to one Macon woman who came out on National Coming Out Day for the first time.
Claire Helm says she came out via a Facebook post for the first time on Tuesday.
"It's a big deal, but this makes it not a big deal at the same time," Helm says. "It makes it a little less scary than having really personal, intimate conversations with several people at different times."
Helm says laying it out on the table, for all of her Facebook friends to see, resulted in an overflow of likes and comments, showing support.
"The reaction to my post completely surprised me," Helm says. "My post has almost 100 likes."
It's that support, that Danielle Evans says, makes coming out online common practice. Evans is a counselor who has worked with LGBTQ-identifying clients.
"You've got tons of comments from friends who are not only probably encouraged to do the same thing themselves, but who are like, 'Hey, I'm experiencing the same thing,'" Evans says.
But she says, coming out online isn't for everyone.
"The question is, what is best for your relationships that are important to you," Evans says. "Is it better for you to discuss this in a private manner with your very close family members?"
For those who do decide to post, Snap, or Tweet, Evans says, coming out online can instantly connect you with support.
If you need counseling on coming out, you can contact Danielle Evans at Southern Bridge Counseling. That number is 478-449-1475.