Today is National Coming Out Day. For some, it is a day to embrace. It is a day to remember the journey and/or struggles that those of us that are “Out & Proud” have endured to become the people that we are today. While a good handful of us were extremely lucky in coming out, there are so many LGBTQIA individuals that were not so lucky. I always like to take this day to remind myself how fortunate I am. When I make that statement, it isn’t to brag. It is to make sure that I always stay grateful for what I have. I’m writing this for three reasons. The first is so that people who were lucky like I am will potentially realize that and not take that experience for granted. The second is to remind everyone that there are so many people out there who are not fortunate with this experience. There are people who have been kicked out of their homes. People that lost friends and family members over it. These people are out there, questioning what is wrong with themselves. These people are scared and confused and lost. This is why it is important that in pop culture today, we have so many strong, independent, and confident LGBTQIA characters and celebrities to look up to. We need to show the world that it is okay to be homosexual, or bisexual, or transsexual or anything else that someone may classify themselves as. Be happy with you are everyone and embrace it. Which brings me to my third reason for writing this: The only person that should be announcing or proclaiming the sexuality of an individual is that person. It is nobody else’s right or duty to out another person. If someone is gay, they don’t need you to force them out of the closet. It is an incredibly important journey in our lives and we should decide how that journey goes and when it should start. I cannot even begin to express how infuriating it is to see someone try to get their friends to “come out already” or to “realize their sexuality already.” No! Stop people! They will come out when they are ready. For some people, they know when they are 14 years old. They embrace themselves early on and they find that inner peace. For others, they might not come to terms with it until they are 60 years old or even older. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The general message I am trying to make is to be happy with you are, and accepting of who others are. If you are reading this, whoever you are, you are amazing. Don’t ever forget it. If you ever feel lost, there is someone out there who can help. There are professional services, there are people like me who will listen, and there are many other options. It is never the end of the road. It doesn’t matter if you are different. Embrace it because that is what makes you special and unique. I hope people consider these points and think about them a little bit.