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Hidden Gems: Meet Keely Antonio & Dani Max of Coming Out Happy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Keely Antonio & Dani Max.

Hi Keely & Dani, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
“Hi I’m Dani! After years of molding myself into who others wanted me to be and prioritizing everyone else’s happiness above my own, it led me to some of the most toxic relationships I had ever been in. Not only was I my own biggest critic, I latched onto people who also didn’t make me feel seen, loved, and worthy.

I decided my happiness mattered because I didn’t want to continue the same cycle of being afraid to show the real me, hating who I had become, and attracting relationships that were never equal. So I embarked on a much needed self-love journey and transformed how I felt about myself and my relationships.

I became a Coach in 2017 because I believe LGBTQ+ adults don’t have to do this alone. As a recovering over-thinker, I help our students turn down their ‘head’ and turn up their ‘heart.’ “- Dani Max

“Hi, I’m Keely! I’m a certified EFT practitioner, life coach and your biggest hype woman.

After experiencing years of religious trauma, I found myself trying to heal through multiple codependent relationships and people-pleasing.

It wasn’t until I met Dani that I realized my attempt at healing was only making my view of self-worth worse. By unlearning how I once viewed myself and recognizing how to make my actual wants and needs a priority, I could step into my most authentic self. And even found a healthy relationship with the one who sparked that journey in me — Dani.

From my Management experience to playing semi-professional soccer, everything I’ve done in my life has been about bringing people together.

My own experience with stepping into my most authentic self combined with my relentless passion to bring out the best in others can show anyone anywhere that the impossible… isn’t so impossible anymore” – Keely Antonio

Together… We’re Coming Out Happy!

Between Dani’s patience, persistence, and passion, and Keely’s enthusiasm, experience, and empathy, we are an unmatched duo in the LGBTQ+ Life Coaching industry. And our Signature Program Pride Amplified™ reflects that.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There were many road bumps when creating our company at the beginning of quarantine in early 2020. As coaches, we wanted to provide a place of community when the world shut down and hundreds of LGBTQ adults came together when we created our first membership. While it was such a beautiful experience to have brought together people in a time of isolation, we realized that what we had created wasn’t what we were passionate about and knew we wanted to help people even deeper. After a year of trying to make it work, we shut down our membership community so we could coach adults how to create a life they love by loving who they are and creating healthy relationships. That was when our signature program “Pride Amplified” was created and began to thrive. It wasn’t easy to shut down our first program, but we learned so much and wouldn’t be here today if we didn’t “fail” in one way.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Coming Out Happy LLC?
We are LGBTQ+ life coaches for queer adults and we’re a couple! We’ve seen such an amazing focus on LGBTQ+ youth from other organizations and we wondered when there would be a way for adults to get the support they need on a personal development level. We knew this was our calling and where we wanted to focus.

We’ve created high-level coaching programs for LGBTQ+ adults where they can understand, accept and love who they are so they can create the life and relationships they’ve always wanted. In February 2021, we launched our first group program “Pride Amplified”. Within days of opening, we had a few people join and start to experience the high-level transformation we’ve always wanted to provide. We knew this was exactly how we wanted to make our true impact in the world.

Since then, many people have completed the Pride Amplified 6 month program and have experienced major shifts in the person they are and who they want to become. We’ve seen people figure out what their identity means to them, feel confident enough to start a new business/job, create relationships they always dreamed of having, use their voice to stand up for what they believe and even pick up where they were living to venture into a new chapter.

We are so passionate about what we do in Pride Amplified and can’t wait to continue to expand even further as we hire a team, write books, hold speaking events and host retreats all around the world. All of our courses and programs are available to jump into now and you can find it all on

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
What matters to us is helping people feel seen, heard and loved. For so long, we both struggled with not feeling good enough just being who we were and it ruined our confidence and relationships. We know that when you focus on becoming your best self, your entire world changes. What needs to happen first is for you to show YOURSELF that you’re seen, heard and loved. Watch your entire world change when you show yourself love.

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