"I'm proud of you. This year was amazing for you. I'm so honored to be friends with you and witness your growth. I love you. A lot."
The person who sent me this text is the first person that I came out to. A year ago, yesterday.
A lot has happened since that day. A couple days later, I went on my first date with a man. I wore the gayest outfit I had (argyle sweater, jeans, and nice shoes). We went to Brewvies (my first time at a bar) and saw "Where the Wild Things Are."
Irrelevant? Yes. Insignificant? Not to me.
I have learned a lot over the last year. Here are a couple highlights that I would like to share with the world:
- Just because I'm gay doesn't mean I get to be a bitch.
- Being out of the closet is not the equivalent of a degree in design.
- Not everything matches.
- I am not shaped by stereotypes.
- People are usually ready for more than you'd think.
Thanks for being great.