Excerpt: "I never know what to say when people ask me this question. I could toe the party line and say, “Coming out was the best thing I have ever done for myself-- you should do it too!” But the trouble is, that isn’t entirely true. I am happy I came out, but not even my therapist told me how much it was going to suck. It was the single most isolating, emotionally painful process I have ever gone through. I lost a LOT of friends. My relationship with my parents is more or less shot. I totally lost my faith, which was probably most traumatic of all. I had been raised to think of gays as bad people, but...I was gay....and I was a good person. So what else had I been wrong about? If you have never had your entire worldview implode on itself-- I can’t say I enjoyed it, but it was a constructive period."
(This last paragraph really speaks to every element of coming out. I felt this should be posted for the world to further understand the price tag of homophobia)