“Growing up in a very conservative Christian world, I was really scared and in denial for about 10 years before I could even acknowledge it to myself,” they confessed.
“There are so many pressures about being somewhere in life by a certain age. Being queer and in the closet, you can end up feeling like you’re missing out on experiencing a whole part of your life but really you can be whoever/whatever you wanna be at any point in your life.”
They also shared some words of wisdom for other LGBTQ+ people who are in a similar place to where they were at 25.
“It’s never too late and you’re never too far down a path to change your mind or change your life (this can apply to any area of your life, it goes way beyond being queer),” Tim wrote.
“If you’re queer and fearful of coming out, know that you’re loved and valid. If you have queer people around you who aren’t yet ready to come out, support them with lots of love and understanding. Sending love to all of you LGBTQIA+ and ally angels 🌈🌈🌈🌈 ”
They also posted a series of slides from queer creator Matt Bernstein, AKA @mattxiv, about coming out and why you don’t have to do it to be valid.
Many young people (and adults) who identify as queer can struggle to come out for a whole host of reasons, but Tim and other LGBTQ+ icons are here to say that’s okay!
Like Tim said, there’s no shame in not coming out right now, or not coming out ever – you get to decide what is right for you.
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