Anyone who interacts with me on a regular basis already knows I’m gay. But this is my first time sharing so openly online. My hope is doing so will encourage others in their own journey of coming out.
Growing up, the idea of me being gay was too anxiety producing to seriously consider. I didn’t start coming out to myself until I was 20 years old.
Telling my family took some guts, even when I knew deep down I would be accepted. I finally realized that keeping this secret was affecting my mental health. What a relief it was when I told my brothers, my parents, and my extended family.
Today, I make it a point of pride to come out to my friends, my coworkers, and my neighbors. I figure being open about who I am helps fight the stigma. As an added bonus, coming out repeatedly lets me tally up confidence points.
My coming out journey has included a parallel journey of coming into the LGBTQIA+ community. Nothing has helped my confidence more than seeing others like me succeed. This is why I’m coming out to the Internet today. I know who I am, and I want to thank my family and my community by sharing this feeling with the world.
“rainbow flag on white background : harvey milk plaza, san francisco (2012)” by torbakhopper is licensed under CC BY 2.0