Used to describe when a person "comes out of the closet." Coming out involves telling friends and family that you are a homosexual.
the process by which a gay/lesbian/bisexual person acknowledges his/her sexual identity to himself/herself and a transgendered person acknowledges his/her gender identity to himself/herself and then proceeds to tell others about it. Coming out has many levels, starting from coming out to oneself, to coming out to family, friends, colleagues and the wider society. Coming out is seen as an affirmative process and a method of bringing about social change, though it is accompanied by a certain amount of risk due to societal heterosexism and homophobia.
The coming out process is the means by which a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (GLBT) person comes to terms with his/her sexual orientation. Some call this coming out to oneself. Coming out to others, telling someone that they are GLBT, is a neverending process. Because heterosexism is so pervasive in our society, GLBT individuals must decide how "out" they want to be with new people or in new situations. Also known as coming out of the closet.