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Updated on Oct 18, 2018. Posted on Jan 30, 2018

These 34 Gay Glow-Ups Are The Most Inspiring Thing You'll See Today

"I’m more me than I’ve ever been."

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to show us their big gay glow-up. Here are just some of the submissions that warmed our hearts and made us proud:

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"2014 vs. 2018 (five months on testosterone!)." —samz444f1bb0b

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"15 going on 25 #gay." —carsenw

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"Quite a transformation, I’d like to say." —ajc44758bd35

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"16 vs. 26, Green Day vs. Madonna." —michaela71

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"God bless YouTube makeup videos, haircuts, and bisexuality." —taylorlynn16

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"From shy Catholic school boy to, well, whatever you wanna call it." —dagiaaka

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"Ditched my long hair, dresses, and boyfriend, and embraced the gay — and got a wonderful girlfriend in the process." —victoriaz4a8b03a00

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"From age 14 to 21." —cassidym45e1303a0

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"From age 18 to 22." —kaylat4adc26004

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"From oblivious to myself to queer AF and proud." —danamariesings

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"GLOW THE FUCK UP, SIS." —josa

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"From a closeted, depressed, 272-lb Nebraska boy to an out, proud fitness-addicted Coloradan. Thank god for living authentically!" —aaronm4382cb86a

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"From 2008 to 2014 to now. I've felt less awkward about myself since I came out, and I'm proud to be a trans guy." —eggan

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"Age 13, before I knew I was trans, vs. age 19, where I'm not only out, but six months post-top surgery." —beccal4c41f0b3e

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"Life comes at you fast, amirite?!" —johnw4ff61390c

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"Age 14 and age 24!" —mattheww44186d6e2

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"Harpo, who dat woman?!" —rahnecj

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"Used to hate my hair and my clothes and used to be very insecure about myself. Now I’m more me than I’ve ever been." —andreab36

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"It's a little grainy because these photos are 20 years apart. (I know I don't look a day over 22 now...)."—jasonh4ad867acd

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"Left: 2013, senior in high school, a soft baby gay who knows nothing. Right: 2017, soon-to-be college graduate, a soft baby gay with a slightly better sense of style but yet somehow knows even less." —alliekatmrk

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"2010 vs. 2016." —coryc4aff89d5c

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"From the first week of my freshman year of college to now. Luckily I got out of the closet that contained that button up/puffy sleeve combo shirt!" —sarahl4ea993f83

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"On the left, I was freshly out of the closet at 19. The right is my five-year gay up!" —tyem

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"Wow, this is a big gay glow-up!" —lindseya4e40197ad

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"Graduated from not knowing I was gay, jean skirts, and a middle part to...well, you have eyes." —paigeg43179823a

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"From my early flannel days of high school to my gay ass now in my senior year." —cassiedc

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"Seeing Gaga the first time vs. the second time." —jaker3

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"Um yeah...so...glad we're past that. ✌️" —alexam44cf90a67

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"Right before I came out at 15 vs. now at 19. Just as gay, but a lot more confident!" —cuddledemon

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"I came out to the world a little later in my life (age 24), which always makes me a little self conscious. On the left is a little lesbaby just before I came out to myself, and on the right, six years later when I was finally comfortable enough to have the hairstyle I'd always wanted. It’s never too late to be true to yourself!" —laneyd4ec76bb9b

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"I was always told as a boy that I was awkward and didn’t smile. Now I'm happy and always laughing. She/Her/Hers." —kaynedavids

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"Here is me in 2008 before coming out when I was in high school and now in 2017, happier and healthier!" —erikz4a926a3e6

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"The gay glow-up is real and FABULOUS." —candrus68

Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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