It's LGBT History Month; a time to put the spotlight on LGBTQ issues and to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
The Student Room has a buzzing LGBTQ community, with lots of chat and advice in the relationships forum.
Here, TSR members ivybridge, Transtorm, Rainbow Student, ForgetMe and The_Lonely_Goatherd - as well as some anonymous users - talk about their experience of coming out, and the support they would offer to others.
Coming out: finding help and support
Coming out is a different experience for everyone. For some, support might not be readily available.
But even if, like ivybridge, you find you lack the support of those around you, there are networks that can be helpful for advice and a friendly ear to confide in.
If you do want to tell people but are unsure of how to do it, perhaps a face-to-face conversation isn't what you need.
While, for other people, coming out isn't something they feel they have to do.
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Getting help from others' experiences
No matter what life might throw at you, you're never alone. The internet is full of websites that can help answer your questions.
"When it comes to exploring your sexuality I think hearing other people's experiences and being able to go 'huh, yeah, that's really similar to me,' is a great help," says an anonymous TSR member.
"Some online resources such as Tumblr are useful because of the varied experiences available and general culture of acceptance. AVEN is also really great for just explaining things in a really logical and simple way."
LGBTQ conversation on The Student Room
There is tons of LGBTQ conversation on The Student Room. This discussion on coming out stories is a good place to start.
Here's some more advice from the community for people with questions about their sexuality.
And some advice they would give their younger selves...
Share your experiences, advice and messages of inspiration in the comments below, we'd love to hear from you!
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