Coming out as a member of the LGBT community can be a daunting process without the proper support system. According to statistics released by the Human Rights Campaign, 4 in 10 youth (42%) say they live in a community that is not accepting of LGBT people.

 Jonny Drubel of E!’s "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" and Students Moving America (SMA), a nonprofit organization focused on promoting change through the student voice, aim to change that perception and have partnered to create the #ComingOutMatters campaign.

The campaign is designed to create a social community that supports the act of coming out by encouraging individuals to share their own personal coming out stories through various social media sites using the hashtag #ComingOutMatters.

Drubel noted, “The goal is to remind the masses that #ComingOutMatters and how important it is to stand in your own truth and embrace who you are - exactly as you are. After all, your own unique story just may empower someone to step into their own truth.”

#ComingOutMatters launched nationwide on February 18th, with Drubel sharing his own coming out experience. In the video seen above, Jonny said of his experience, “I took baby steps when telling my family…to be honest I was freaked out. I didn’t know what to do, or how to approach the situation.” 

For each individual, coming out is a deeply personal and arduous journey. No matter who you are, or where you are from, Drubel and Students Moving America hope to provide you with the courage and support needed to express who you are.

“Everyone has their own unique experience, and their own way of coming out. The mission of #ComingOutMatters is to create a social community to bring allies and the LGBT community together to create a social shared experience,” said Drubel. "Together we can change the world by just sharing a simple story and using a hashtag.”

Individuals from all over the country are encouraged to post videos, pictures, and narratives expressing why they think coming out matters. Whether a member of the LGBT community, or an ally who was there for a friend, #ComingOutMatters wants to share the stories of those who believe the fight for equality is still important.

For more resources to help you along your journey of coming out as LGBT or allied, visit HRC’s Coming Out Center.

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