Friday, January 9, 2009

Are you coming out this year?

In case you have missed it, this week is coming out week over at eurOut. All week I have been listening to and reading about everyone’s coming out stories and it has put a huge smile on my face.

Every one’s coming out story is different, yet the process we go through is always the same. Most of us take a while (read years) to come to terms with our feelings and to muster up the courage to declare to the world that we are gay.

We are always worried and we are always scared it will have a lot of negative consequences. Unfortunately, for some of us coming out does result in a lot of crap happening. However, for most of us things get really good again in the long run.

Regardless of how positive or negative ones coming out is, it is always accompanied by a huge sense of relief. The relief to no longer having to hide and keep all those feelings locked up inside.

Over the years I have heard many people tell me their coming out stories. Even though some people have had horrible experiences, there is not a single person I know who regrets coming out.

Sometimes there is a price we have to pay to be able to be ourselves, but ask yourself: what is the alternative?

If you are reading this and you are still in the closet, perhaps 2009 is the year you follow all those queers who have gone before you and come out to the world. What are you waiting for? There is a whole gay world for you to discover and trust me, you are going to like it!

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