4."From popped collar to public relations exec!" —Matthew
5."Ditched my long hair, dresses, and boyfriend, and embraced the gay — and got a wonderful girlfriend in the process." —Victoria
6."From shy Catholic school boy to, well, whatever you wanna call it." —Dagiaaka
7."16 vs 26.
I didn't come out until I was 19. Since then, there have been a lot of 'Wait, OMG, how did I not know I was hella gay?' moments" —Kelsi
8."From a closeted, depressed, 272-pound Nebraska boy to an out, proud, fitness-addicted Coloradan. Thank God for living authentically!"—Aaron
9."Weird mouse girl still lives in my gay soul." —Paige
10."Left: 18 years old, just graduated from my religious high school, newly single after being dumped by my first boyfriend, and trying to figure out how I feel about Natalie Portman.
Right: 30 years old, out bisexual, recently married to the woman of my dreams who fully supports my growing hat collection and interest in photography." —Ktez
11."I was very depressed in high school because I was closeted. I think it physically manifested in my weight. But after coming out, I was able to make healthier choices mentally and physically. It took time but was worth it." —Eric
12."Awkward baby queer in my twenties trying to fit in vs. 30-year-old badass registered nurse living under the rainbow with my loving girlfriend." —Javigl
13."Back then, I was wearing plaid and dying my hair black from a box. Now my hair is natural, out of my face, and I smile much more." —Kevin
14."In 10 years, I discovered skincare, embraced facial hair, and found my angles. Thank you, Holy Spearit." —recentlyheard
15."Before: 16, insecure, and too afraid to be honest about anything. Coming out made me self-confident and inspired me to become an educator because I wish I could have had a role model like me when I was younger." —Diane
16."16 vs. 26. Green Day vs. Madonna." —Michaela71
17."Sad, lonely, confused, depressed junior in high school to happy wife and mom of one amazing little man. Things do get better." —Courtney
18."I went from an awkward, self-conscious, fully closeted teen who hated themselves and tried so hard to blend in with my peers to an androgynous, sexually fluid adult who doesn’t give a crap about people’s opinions. I like this version of me so much more." —Nicole
21."From an awkward 15-year-old who had no idea her feelings for girls were anything more than friendship (thanks, internalized homophobia) to a slightly less awkward 25-year-old who has been proudly out for several years. I still can't flirt to save my life, though." —ljvincent
23."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
24."I took their advice and spiced up my life." —zgio
25."Quite a transformation, I’d like to say." —AJC
26."From band T-shirts and bad haircuts to pumpkin picking and IPAs. I realized my eyebrows didn’t need to be plucked off my face and a mud mask routine does wonders. My sad little trapped queen was just dying to get out and tuck a skinny jean into a boot. Thanks to Cher, Celine Dion, and my beard." —Ryan
27."From a scared, closeted band kid to a producer of an all-LGBTQ comedy festival. I'd say gay looks good on me." —Beth
28."2009 Dylan: 'Straight,' overweight, unhappy with life, and single AF.
2019 Dylan: Gay and proud, 106 pounds lighter, happier than ever before, and has the greatest partner in crime I could ever imagine." —Dylan
29."I promise I've grown out of the 'floating fist' pose too!" —Kyry5
30."The left is me with my first boyfriend and the right is me three years later with my first girlfriend. I grew up in a conservative West Texas town and spent most of my time forcing myself to be something I wasn’t. Now I’m living in a much less conservative town and finally gained the confidence to accept myself as I am. I truly never thought I could be so happy." —Miller
31."Pretending to be straight at a high school dance with a boy (note the clenched fist) vs. Current me, very gay." —M
32."Ten years later, I'm happily out as gay, and I'm in my first gay relationship. I'm probably still as socially awkward and goofy, but it feels good to be true to myself and not trying to explain away my quirks/be internally homophobic." —Ross
33."Seven years of loving your authentic self does a body good!" —Erik
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