Celeb Instagram: Coming Out Day Edition!
The first person I ever told. It was summer of 1999. The summer after my sophomore year in undergrad. We were sitting on picnic benches in a park. I said I needed to tell her something. Then for like 5 minutes I sat with my head in my hands paralyzed. I felt like I was gonna throw up, or pass out or both. She said whatever it was, it was going to be okay. Then I just said it – "I'm gay". And she totally supported me and totally accepted me and continued to be my best friend. • • Happy #nationalcomingoutday to all the people who are choosing to live their truth AND all the friends who are supporting them as they make this terrifying, liberating decision. And to all the people who aren't ready yet, and it's not safe for – it's okay. You will be free someday and there is a place for you. Thank you Tanya for being the best most loving supportive friend a guy could ask for. Love you.
Today is #nationalcomingoutday You may see & hear some awesome & inspirational stories today from your family, friends & feeds. There is ENORMOUS value when an LGBTQ person decides to own & share their truth. The reality of “coming out” can be scary & overwhelming! Brave people who use today as motivation may not get warm & positive reactions from everyone. But “coming out” is never about them…this moment is about YOU. YOU deserve to be proud of yourself – no matter how anyone reacts – BE PROUD & STAY BRAVE! Unfortunately, Homophobia, Stigma & Anti #lgbt agendas are real issues in homes & in workplaces. That is why #comingout is so important & powerful…no one deserves to feel intimidated by family, friends, organized religion, Federal Government or professional workplaces. You deserve to live as a fully integrated person. Coming out was the best gift I’ve ever given to myself. My name is Thomas Roberts & I officially came out to my Mom on October 5, 1999. cc @patrickdabner