For me also, telling my family was the final stage. First I told my friends, then I told my workmates, then I told my sister, and finally I told my parents. Surprisingly enough, the worst reaction came from my childhood friend, and the best reaction came from my dad.
Maki felt bad that my childhood friend turned away from me, but as I told her, if he can't accept something as basic as that, then I don't see why we should remain friends. We need to surround ourselves with people who bring us up, not down. We can't replace our family however... that's a roll of dice, you never know until you do it.