Today's submission comes from Jim F. of Seattle. Jim says
I think the best decision I ever made was to come out of the closet. I didn't do it until I was 34 years old. I realize that the adage "be true to oneself" is powerful. It took me a long time to figure out that most of my fears about showing up as my authentic self were imagined. As part of the process, I surrounded myself with other healthy adults who served as guides.
I'm a gay father with gay sons. My mission is to work with the community to prepare them -- and other young gay men -- for a happy and successful life.