Coming Out in Rhode Island

Advice and Resources

Coming out is a very personal decision, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. A lot of factors come into play about when, who to tell, and getting up the courage up to share your sexual identity with others. Compared to many other places, Rhode Island is a gay friendly place to live, however, for some gay guys, it may be really tough to come out because of their religion, their nationality/ethnicity, and how accepting important people in their lives may be.

Rhode Island Resources:

Youth Pride Inc. staff.  From left to right: Kerry Kanelis, Jayeson Watts, Elana Rosenberg , Kristen Pfeiffer.

Youth Pride Inc. staff. From left to right: Kerry Kanelos, Jayeson Watts, Elana Rosenberg , Kristen Pfeiffer.

If you are a young person under age 23 and want to talk to someone about coming out, the best resource is Youth Pride, Inc. You can give them a call and meet with someone there to get some good advice.

Some of the best advice you can get is from other guys who have come out in Rhode Island. Click here to check out their stories and advice.

For general information about coming out, check out these links:


It Really Does Get Better – Even in Rhode Island

Dealing with the coming out process, and the feelings that go along with it, can be really challenging for some gay men. But after it’s done, most guys feel a lot better about themselves, relieved, and closer to important people in their lives. Remember, you are so not alone when going through this.

If the feelings you have seem overwhelming sometimes, it can really help to talk to someone about what you are going through. The best thing you can do for yourself is pick up the phone and call Youth Pride Inc. at  (401) 421-5626.

If the overwhelming feelings you have are so strong that you are thinking about hurting yourself or ending your life, you need to contact someone at Matthews Place: 1-800-246-PRIDE (7743), They have counselors ready to talk to you 8pm – midnight.  If you are in crisis, go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

In the meantime, check out these videos that will probably make you feel better, and sometimes laugh, hey — Barack Obama and the staff at Fenway Health support you!