What Would You Tell Your Younger Self About Coming Out?

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self About Coming Out?
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National Coming Out Day is a US event dedicated to people who are comfortably “out” sharing the story of how they began telling people who they really are. But at the same time, others may not feel ready or safe enough to come out.

If you’ve ever had to make a decision about coming out — and deal with the aftermath — what would you tell your younger self? Was it easier or harder than you expected? What surprised you?