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Proud

I have been out as a gay man to my family and friends for over 12 years. Being gay is an important component of my identity, as is being a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a medical student, etc. However, none of those other components of my identity necessitated “coming out.”

I knew my parents would love me regardless of whether I got into medical school. I wasn’t so sure they would love me if they knew I was gay. Thankfully, they never stopped loving me for one second.

In coming out, I grew closer to many people and emerged from the process not only unscathed but feeling more love and support than ever before. I had that love and support the whole time, but I was never sure of it until I shared my most authentic self. For that I am proud.

 

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