Also posted at my LJ
(1/2/2013) Hey everyone! Thank you so much for the Daily Deviation. I wrote this several years ago, when I thought coming out was the greatest, most world-changing thing I could do for myself. Now I know that coming out of the closet isn't the end of a journey; it's not absolute. At the time I wrote this, I was out to my close friends, and a couple of classes and teachers at my high school.
Being "in the closet" is not a sign of cowardice. And if you are in an LGBTQ community or have LGBTQ friends who are out, you don't have to come out until you feel safe. You don't owe the homophobes of the world anything. Come out on your own terms, the way you want to!