Mostly we all just want a way to come out to family. Friends are easier since we all chose our friends they tend to be the kind of people who would be more understanding if not accepting.
I cannot come out at work because of my job (teacher) and they all know my male partner so we stick with my female partner is my best friend who lives with us.
We also all have families of varying religious backgrounds. My best friend could not tell hers without some serious prep.
My male partner chooses to not tell his family also because of their religious background.