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National Coming Out Day posts from Jazz Jennings, Tyler Oakley, Wanda Sykes, Fortune Feimster and Chasten Buttigieg

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Happy National Coming Out Day! No two experiences are alike, so make sure you come out when you are ready and to the right people. I am so proud of all of you for being your authentic self and for staying true to who you are. I love you all #nationalcomingoutday

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here’s me the year i came out. i desperately needed a hug, but i’d never let you know. if i could write a letter to this kid, i'd tell him that what makes him feel different is exactly what he's going to someday celebrate. i'd tell him that being gay is normal, and that the way he navigates the world shouldn't be toned down for the comfort of others. i'd tell him that he only gets one life, and only one chance to live it up & live it loud. i wish i could go back in time 17 years to hug this dweeb & tell him how good it’s all gonna get. being me is the best gift i’ve ever given myself. & while coming out is great, you should do it on YOUR terms. #ComingOutDay is meant to encourage discussion, not put pressure on those not ready. take care of yourselves. #nationalcomingoutday

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Love is LOVE #nationalcomingoutday

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I started celebrating national coming out day the day I was born; I just didn’t know it yet. This is me at 5 with lots of swagger and a hair bow my mom made me wear, but luckily it didn’t cramp my style. #nationalcomingoutday

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Happy #nationalcomingoutday! I don’t think young Chasten would have ever seen this coming, but I’m so glad I held on and found the courage to come out. It’s also a testament to my friends and family who helped me find that courage I needed to be my truest self. I can’t wait for you to write your own story and to feel that weight leave your shoulders. There is love and community and acceptance and freedom out there, I promise you. It may not always feel that way, I know. It can scare you to tears but it can free you just as well. You’re ready when you’re ready so be patient with yourself and be sure to be patient with others. You are so, so loved.

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