8 Reasons Why You Should Consider Coming Out Of The Closet To Your BFF This Year!
The world has changed a lot, it has come a long way and become a little more accepting of diversity and various lifestyles. LGBTQIA+ are becoming an accepted part of our society, they are being given the freedom to live the way they want. While coming out to the world remains a difficult task but that’s not the case when it comes to your closest friends. Coming out to your friends can be the first step towards letting the world know your identity. This can also feel very empowering because it can free one of the fear of being “found out” and even helps avoid living a double life.
This feeling of being free and declaring your identity to the world was portrayed well in the movie Badhaai Do. At the end of the movie, there is a pride parade, and we actually experience the hesitation of a policeman who wants to join in but initially tries to resist. However, he does finally join the parade and that moment was so amazingly freeing for him, we can feel the happiness. He has the most beautiful smile, and he dances and enjoys. Everyone in the LGBT community deserves to feel this way.
So, if you are not yet ready to come out to the world. We have some of the reasons why it will be a good decision to come out to your closest friends this year.
Also Read: Here Are 8 Things That Have Changed For The LGBTQIA+ Community Since The Decriminalization Of Section 377
8 Reasons Why You Should Come Out This Year
1. The Ability To Live Your Life Honestly
Coming out to your closest friends will allow you to have more authentic friendships and you won’t have to hide your true self around them anymore. But most importantly it can be a good start to ending the stress of coming up with lies and creating facades.
2. It’s Important For Your Mental Health
Living in the closet can be very lonely and troubling. It makes you feel like a fake person who is living a dual life. This can take really affect your emotional well-being and mental health. However, being honest about yourself with friends will help build your self-esteem and self-love.
3. A More Genuine Relationships With Friends
Friendship is one of the most beautiful relationships, this is the one relationship where you can be your true self unapologetically and be loved. So coming out to your friends will help you create a stronger bond with them. This will only bring you closer to them and strengthen your friendship.
4. It Will Help You Set Healthy Boundaries
If and when you do come out to your friends, they will have different reactions and may even ask a lot of questions. But at any moment if you feel that they are being insensitive or that they ask invasive questions or any reaction which you didn’t expect, then you can set some healthy boundaries. This way you will also get to know how to deal with people and how much you can handle.
5. Taking Control Of Your Identity
The world is too connected now, thanks to the internet secrets can be easily leaked. So if you come out yourself, you can control how you do it and who should know how much. This way you will not have to live in the fear of someday becoming the target of some malicious gossip. Instead, it allows you to control how people get to know you.
6. Exploring And Finding Love
If you come out to your friends, there is a higher chance for you to find love and even explore your options. Your friends might even set you up with other people they know who might be into you. So, this added benefit can be wonderful.
7. Greater Empowerment
After you let your friends know your true identity, it can be like a new start. You can build a new self-identity. You can be the way you want to be and this freedom can be very empowering. It will be like a new life which you can build just the way you like.
8. Motivation And Activism
You can become a source of great motivation for other people around you who might need it. Coming out can be scary but your courage might inspire other friends of yours, who are also hiding their identities, to proclaim their true identities. Plus you can be involved in activism, raise your voice and make a change in the world.
These are some of the reasons for coming out to your friends. However, this decision is a very personal and private one. It should be your decision alone. These reasons are just a source of motivation but you alone should decide if you want to come out or not. Coming out is admittedly a life-altering decision which should be taken with careful consideration and not be made under pressure.
Mehak Walia is an author and journalist who is addicted to psychology, true crime, Netflix, sarcasm, and makeup!