‘Coming out is still an intense personal struggle of self-acceptance for a lot of us’
Coming out at any age can be a daunting thing to do: more so if you’re carrying a video camera and documenting the whole experience!
That’s exactly what New York-based filmmaker Alden Peters decided to do, capturing the range of reactions he receives from family and friends – from the awkward to funny – in his debut film, simply entitled Coming Out.
He says he made it because it’s the sort of documentary he wished he’d been able to watch when he was younger and struggling with the idea of who to talk to about his sexuality.
The documentary also features video contributions crowd-sourced from around the globe and explores why coming out is still a big deal for most people. It has been met with acclaim at LGBT film festivals around the world.
Watch the trailer below.
We caught up with Alden and asked him, after making the film, if he had any specific advice to others thinking of coming out.
‘Everyone has advice and opinions about coming out,’ he told us. ‘A lot will tell you it gets better, or it’s easier these days to come out than it used to be. I heard that a lot. But coming out is still an intense personal struggle of self-acceptance for a lot of us.
‘It’s OK to have difficulty with it, even when people tell you that you shouldn’t. Facing unaccepting families or communities is terrifying.
‘Stay strong, find your rock – the person or thing that’ll get you through it. And find a place within the LGBT community. We really are a family that supports each other when we need to.’
Coming Out is now out on DVD and VOD, just in time for National Coming Out Day on 11 October.