Coming out is a different process for everyone (and I know that not all of us got the opportunity to come out), so this was just a snapshot of my experience. Even though it took a long time, I consider myself very lucky, but hopefully this is relatable or provides hope to some of you out there! <3
I wasn't as precocious as my girlfriend and it took quite some time for me to come out to and accept myself, which I think is an important precursor to coming out to others. It's a different (and usually evolving) process for everyone but hopefully some of you can relate to this "first stage" I went through.
It may not seem like that big of a deal, but graduating from having your girlfriend's parent(s) call you the "friend" or "roommate" to being called by your first name is a huge milestone! 🎉
For those of you who aren't out yet, this is a very personal process and you should absolutely take your time until you're ready and safe -- it truly does gets better, but everyone's circumstances are different. ❤️