Happy National Coming Out Day!
I started coming out on the internet when I was about 18, but was more honest to the people in my non-internet life when I was probably 21 (which is when I was outed to my parents by a mutual friend - weird and shitty, I know). For context, I’m 26 now, almost 27. Since fully coming out, I’ve enjoyed the benefit of being able to live an honest life and create the kind of art that I enjoy without shame. It took pressure off of me and made every other part of my life easier to understand and manage. It was a worthwhile experience.
I’m lucky in that I’ve faced very little opposition as an openly queer person, but not everyone is so fortunate. Knowing that, I advise people to come out at their own pace because sometimes it’s not so easy, but I advise them to do it at their earliest convenience because it’s like taking a big breath of fresh air. When the dust settles, you’ll thank yourself.
Shameless plug: this was drawn using my cartooning brushes!