If you’re interested in sharing your story but are hesitant to do so, here are some answers to the questions that may be going through your mind.

Do I need to share any personal information?

No, not at all! There are several ways to contact us without providing any identifying information. You can email comeoutasyouare@gmail.com, or private message (PM) us at any of the listed social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Nothing such as payment methods, phone numbers or even legal names will be asked of you during the process.

How do I tell my coming out story?

Share your coming (out) story virtually. Follow this link here or read further if you’d like to know other methods we go by.

Reach out to us via any method listed above, and we will help you through the process. Some folks prefer to call or video chat, and others are comfortable with just messaging or emailing their stories. We accommodate interview methods to however you’re most comfortable.

There is a general list of baseline questions that the team uses to establish a structure to these coming out stories, but you are not required to answer all of them if you don’t want to share that part of your life. One’s coming out is a quite vulnerable milestone, and we don’t want to cross lines into places you’d rather not enter again.

I want to share my story but I don’t want people to know it’s me.

We are more than happy to use pseudonyms to protect your identity if it’s what makes you most comfortable. That is our No. 1 priority at COAYA.

You may also see that some folks have shared photos of themselves and their families. You are not by any means obligated to do so. All stories deserve to be heard regardless of if a face is associated with it.

Will I get to see my story before it gets posted?

Absolutely! Every story on the site thus far has been OK’d by each and every person that we’ve interviewed. If we get something wrong, please let us know and we will fix it until you think it looks perfect.

What if I want my story taken down?

If you have a change of heart, we are more than able to take your story down for any reason that does not need to be disclosed to us. Your safety and well-being is our top priority, and if sharing your story may risk that, we will do anything to keep you protected.