Coming-Out & Resources


Coming-out is a process of understanding, accepting, valuing and embracing one's identity. It is a very personal and unique process that happens in various ways and occurs at different points of an individual’s life. Coming out experiences may also vary based on age, location, familial status, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religious/spiritual beliefs and countless other factors. It is a continuous, sometimes lifelong process that some people will disclose while others may only identify on a personal level.

The LGBT Resource Center is here to support you by providing a safe space where you are able to talk one-on-one about your experiences, learn about student organizations, attend educational and cultural events and find supportive resources.


At Northwestern University, we have professional staff who can meet individually with students who are in the process of coming-out to themselves, roommates, family, faculty, friends, etc. The LGBT Resource Center also has a library of resources available to students. Additionally, there are also national publications that seek to help students through this process such as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Trevor Project.