Stepping Out of the Shadows

When I made the decision to come out nearly a year ago, I had no idea of the self-discovery of identity that would ensue. From a conservative birth family to a number of friends between whom I maintained ten-foot walls, I had no one to prepare me for the journey I was embarking on. Society sears two portraits of coming out into the minds of queer kids everywhere: fear and self doubt at the prospect of baring one’s soul to the world, and anticipation for the Hollywood narrative of a flash mob and true love’s kiss and perfect acceptance. And plot twist: there’s no flash mob. For me and so many queer kids…