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    18 People Who Dramatically Changed After Coming Out Of The Closet

    Proof that living your life as your true authentic self will make you shine both inside and out.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to show us how much they've changed in the past 10 years since coming out of the closet and here are some of the biggest transformations.

    1. I wish the little guy on the left knew that a decade later, all his dreams would come true: I'm living as an expat in NYC, working in diversity. —Michael

    2. Boom. Three years of YouTube makeup tutorials, opening the closet door, and adapting plaid into my wardrobe. —breyonnamorgan

    3. Six years out and thriving. —Ash

    4. All my life I’ve felt beat down. I just recently battled brain cancer, hence the baldness, but I am the happiest queer you could imagine. I am in touch with my mind, my body, and my queerness, and I would never change that —chipbuzz

    5. I joined the Air Force when I was 18 to serve my country and to be a police officer. I thought the lifestyle would make me act like a “man." Ten years later, I’m out of the closet, loved by my wingmen, and learned what a real man really is. —Cody

    6. 2014 me tried bangs, heavy eyeliner, and had no idea she was bisexual. 2019 me has no time for makeup (most of the time), smiles more authentically, and is proud to be a bisexual female dating a man no matter who tries to put her in a box (!!!) —Olivia

    7. From an awkward performing arts kid to a proud pansexual queen with the best partner ever. —Alexa

    8. 2008 vs 2018. I wore striped tights literally all the time and somehow my family was still stunned when I came out as bi!? —Casey

    9. I was painfully in the closet and depressed till I was 28 years old. When I came out I decided to switch my whole life up. I started working out, eating healthy, and living my best open life! I’ve never been happier!Evan

    10. 2013: High school freshman deep in the closet. 2018: Super gay college sophomore. —Cheyenne

    11. What a difference a decade, a coming out, and a haircut can make. —Sheldon

    12. In 2009, I was scared of not knowing if I was gay or not and how would the world accept me, full of insecurities. In 2019, I'm comfortable in my own skin and very happy being part of the LGBTQ community and helping others as much possible! —ferfornelli2

    13. I used to be an awkward dorky weirdo trying to be as pretty and girly as possible. Now I'm much more comfortable in my own skin. —Eleanor

    14. Looking like a 9th runner up on "The Bachelor" to a fierce bi pridista is a solid glow up. —Hannah

    15. Surprisingly, coming out of the closet meant making moves away from the v-neck shirts. —evansoken

    16. People in high school were always trying to get me out of my shorts into skirts. I never felt like I was good enough. Since then, I’ve cut my hair off and have found a style to fit me and I’ve never felt better. I’m more confident in myself now and I’ve never felt more at home in my own skin. —Ray

    17. In 2010, I was a total tomboy and totally “straight” thanks to internalized homophobia. In 2019, I'm out and proud gay! (And still a total tomboy with better hair!) —Sophie

    18. From a closeted 15-year-old to a super gay, super married 25-year-old. I am more happy, more fulfilled, and more successful than I would have possibly imagined. —Tony

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