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Coming Out in Middle School

By February 27, 2012

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gay pride flagDid you know that the average age that someone comes out as GLBT is lower than ever? A British study found that among people over 60, the average age they had come out was 37. People in their 30s had come out at an average age of 21. Those between 18 and 24 had an average coming out age of 17.

Another study, this one conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel and published in the Journal Family Relations found that in 1991, the average coming-out age was 25. But as of 2010 it was 16 years old.

And some American reports have found that the average age to come out in the United States has dropped from 18 to 14.

So what doe this mean? Well, for one thing a lot more young people are coming out not just in high school, but in middle school as well...Keep reading

Did you come out in middle school? Tell us about your experiences here.

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March 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm
(1) kitten says:

i came out to my cousin in middle school and she was never the same with me after that in now we are freshmen at the same school and never hang out together except at family stuff so i kind of wish i never said anything.

March 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm
(2) alexpdid says:

why did you come out? what did you think would happen? i was thinking about coming out this year in 8th before high school so then i won’t have to come out in high school. not sure though.

March 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm
(3) jakeooohooh says:

nope can’t imagine that! would have been a nightmare it was bad enough and people thought i was straight.

March 6, 2012 at 12:01 am
(4) athfrb says:

I was battling myself and being gay all throughout middle school. I had a science teacher in the 6th grade who was gay, but I never had the courage to talk to him. I guess I’m glad I didn’t come out then, cause it was hell. Everyone in my freshmen class is taking it extremely well

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