Marley, I hear you. My intent in writing this essay was twofold. I wanted to let people know who were in the burdensome process of coming out that yes, it difficult; yes, it’s tricky, risky, and uncertain; but on the other side is freedom and a new way of seeing yourself, the world, and you in it. There’s a lot of guilt and shame and ton of other crap that stands in the way … but people need to know that they’re not the only ones. I also wanted to let people who will or might be on the receiving end of someone’s coming out announcement that they didn’t arrive at the decision capriciously.

I hope that came across, along with a little bit of humor.

“Embrace all that you are and strive to become all that God created you to be.”

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Artist, actor, author, editorial director of Our Human Family (http://medium.com/our-human-family). Connect via social media: @clayrivers. Love one another.

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