- the process by which one accepts and/or comes to identify one’s own sexuality or gender identity (to “come out” to oneself).
- the process by which one shares one’s sexuality or gender identity with others (to “come out” to friends, etc). This is a continual, life-long process. Everyday, all the time, one has to evaluate and re-evaluate who they are comfortable coming out to, if it is safe, and what the consequences might be.
- the process by which an ally reveals (or takes an action that reveals) their support of the LGBTQ community. Being an active supporter can, at times, be stigmatizing, though it is not usually recognized, many allies go through a “coming out process” of their own.