Happy National Coming Out Day!!
I don’t have much to say about coming out, except that it’s a process, and wherever you are along the way, don’t worry – it gets easier. I came out as bisexual at 16 to my best friends and my aunt, then my mom. I gradually came out to people in my high school over the next year, and when I went to college, I came out to more people, but it took my six months to come out to my boyfriend. After his taking it badly (and after we broke up a year later), I resolved to be as open and honest as possible to avoid awkward situations. When I was 21, I came out to myself as a lesbian. Then I came to Iowa and was out to everyone – my friends, my professors, the guy at the grocery store – but with each person you have to say those three words again, so the process is never really complete. Now, it’s empowering and fun, but initially it was downright scary. Remember, you’re not alone, and your coming out may help another person who can’t quite do it yet.