A homosexual "comes out" of "the closet" when he reveals his sexual orientation to friends, family, co-workers, etc. Possible reasons for this are a desire to be honest and open, to have someone to talk to, or to gain instant (though often unfounded) credibility on all things stylish.

One should not come out for mere shock value. Far from tactful, this approach usually doesn't go over well.

Coming out icebreakers:

  • "Mom, I've got cancer and only 6 months to live. ... Oh, I'm kidding, I'm just gay."
  • "Please pass the mashed potatos to the fag on your left."
  • ... more to come.

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