August 1, 2021

“Yes, I’m Gay”—I’m Done Pretending to be Something that Doesn’t feel Right.


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Yes, I’m Gay and Happy to Be So.

I met someone recently. She makes me smile.

She makes me smile a lot.

I’ve never met her in person, but the sound of her voice has my full attention.

She speaks with her soul— the kind of voice that says hi to the world with passion and love all at the same time.

She giggles and snorts and giggles some more until I’m giggling too.

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard as I did tonight.

She’s easy to talk to—like a friend, but more.

I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t have any clue. But, for the first time, I’m okay with this. 

I’m okay with the uncertainty.

I’m okay with flirting with this woman.

I’m okay with who I am and being unsure of exactly where I’m headed. 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned these last few years, it’s to stop pretending I’m something that doesn’t feel right. 

So, I’m stopping.

I’m no longer following the world’s advice.

Instead, I’m going to follow my heart.

I’m going to listen to this woman giggle and snort on the phone because it makes me happy.

I’m going to take her out to dinner.

I’m going to hold her hand.

Life is too short to live a life that doesn’t feel right.

So, I’m going to live.

I’m going to date this woman, and I’m going to smile, giggle, and snort while doing it.

If you’re hiding your truth, know it’s okay.

Know there are many of us who are still afraid to be our authentic selves.

One day, though, I hope you experience your heart beating the way I do. 

It’s exciting.

It’s exhilarating.

It’s the best feeling I’ve felt in a long time.

I want this for you. I want this for every being.

May one day you feel safe enough to be just as you are.

I’m cheering you on, and so are many others.


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