I was amazed by how much I could relate to “The Closet.” I am also a gay teen and I know what it is like to be in the closet and keep something that is such a big part of you trapped inside. When I came out I also lost those I had thought were my best friends. It was the biggest test to see who my true friends really were. Coming out has to be the hardest thing I have ever done, because of the pain of feeling as though I didn’t belong and of letting so many people down. In the end, though, I have no regrets because it has made me the strong person I am today.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.