I just watched a clip of a young man who felt forced and pressured to come out as gay and it bothered the hell out of me. I knew from an early age that I liked boys, but of course when you’re that young your mind isn’t mature enough to identify gay, straight or bisexuality. I came out late in life for many reasons; my family is very traditional, conservative, as well as religious, so when you grow up in a community where homosexuality is deemed punishable it makes it all the more difficult to identify and accept who you are. I never came out wanting to be accepted or loved. I did it because I was holding myself hostage from the freedom and happiness that we all deserve. Do it for you and live your life for you. It’s not selfish. It’s such a great feeling to be okay with who you are, imperfections included. Accept yourself first.