Today is National Coming Out Day, which celebrates coming out of the closet as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. What better way to celebrate than with Alden Peters’ debut film “Coming Out,” which documents his own coming-out experience and captures everything on camera as he boldly discloses his sexuality to friends, family, and society.
Inspired by social media coming out videos by teens around the world, “Coming Out” focuses on the intimate moments when Peters reveals his true identity to the world. Peters also employs crowdsourced videos from LGBTQ youth from around the globe and interviews leading figures and experts about the unique challenges of coming out in the digital era. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
“When I was a questioning teenager, and later when I made the decision to come out of the closet, I searched for a film that showed the process of coming out,” says Peters. “I found nothing but fiction films and YouTube videos, and nobody discussed what happened immediately after coming out. I wanted to see that entire process and hear the uncertainties along the way. Over five years later, ‘Coming Out’ is the film that I craved, and the motivation behind this documentary is to provide support for those in a similarly insecure state. The film is presented in a humorous and uplifting manner because the inclusion of a supportive and positive narrative would have made me feel more confident in myself as a questioning teenager, had I been able to view this film.”
“Coming Out” is currently available on DVD and VOD from Wolfe Video.