Last Thursday was National Coming Out Day, which I spent ooh-ing and ahh-ing over other people's coming out stories and riding public transit a lot. Somewhere along the way, this list was born.
Coming out is a really thrilling process — the kind of thing they could have a reality show about, called Extreme Closet Exits or something — because it can utterly transform your life while leaving many of the day-to-day realities untouched. It's that dichotomy that keeps people from doing it — they believe their lives will either change too much, or not enough. They ask themselves, “Why bother?”
Here are a few of the many reasons you should: