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Coming out to your friends can be a big step , but if they are good friends it can feel liberating and help you feel more comfortable around them. It is probably best to tell the friends that you are most sure to support you first. If you are not sure how someone will take it, you can test the water by asking them about LGBT questions. For example, say something like "Did you know that gay marriage is legal in Northern Ireland now?" If you do not want to go out in public, ask your friends not to tell others so you can take it at your own pace. If you are too nervous to tell your friends in person, text or call them instead. Don't take it personally if your friends need time to get used to the idea, as it may come as a surprise. For more tips, including how to handle a negative response to coming out, read on.
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