Coming Out Stories 2020

National Coming Out Day/Week is a time for LGBTQIA+ people to come out and share their identities openly. 

Hannah Riggs, a sophomore in kinesiology and health.


I realized I was bisexual sophomore year of high school. I told all of my friends before my parents because I was afraid of how my parents would react. All of my friends accepted me.

I kept the secret for two years, but days before I moved to college, I gathered the courage to tell them. I stood in front of them in the living room and explained who I was. There was a moment of silence, and then my dad said "OK," and I felt like crying.

My parents were accepting of me — after all, I was the same person, I just happen to like girls and guys.

These coming out stories were put together by the diversity news editor, Madison Mason. If you or someone you know would like to submit your coming out story, then reach out to Madison Mason at or submit your story here.

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