COMING OUT DAY | What I know now

Over the years, the work that I have done within the LGBT+ community has often lead me to questions about the experiences that I had coming out and I am not going to write some emotional story about something that happened many many moons ago. What I will write about is what I know now as a forty six year old gay man.
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- Coming out effects all of those around you. Some in a negative way and some in a positive way. There is no right or wrong way to do it but doing it sets you free. It releases the burden that you are carrying... it allows you to stand in your own light and say this is me.
- You may lose friends and family members because of it and that's fine but remember nothing is permanent, fences can be broken and mended. Be confident that your tribe of people that will accept you for you is out there.
- Own it. Come out when you are ready, tell those you can trust, and do it in your own time. Trust me, there will come a time when you are truly proud of who you are.
- Don't compare your story to anyone else. Your journey is unique to you.
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Not everyone deserves to know your story, people need to earn the right to hear it.
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Part of me wishes we lived in a world when "coming out" isn't even a thing and then part of me sees it as a really special, unique time in our lives that should be cherished.
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If you need help with coming out or any other LGBT+ issues please reach out to the LGBT Foundation or similar groups... they are there to help.

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