I’m From Wartburg, TN.

by mikey b.

I came out of the closet in my senior year in high school. I was one of those “goth” kids that always wore black and listened to whiny and sad music. When my senior year started I came out to a few friends and it felt so great and made me so happy that I quickly came out to everyone in my social circles. My biggest fear all of high school was that I would lose all my friends. I grew up in a small town and there were only about 500 kids at my school. What happened was the complete opposite.

I was finally being true and honest and I gained friends by coming out and it really changed my entire outlook on life and how I dealt with people. Since I was being honest it seemed like I became friends with almost every social circle – jocks, cheerleaders, the art kids, the music kids, hell even the redneck kids, whom I’m still friends with to this day. I was surprised my friends were more open than I thought they were and coming out was the best thing I ever did, even with all the over thinking and worrying I did about coming out.

Don’t get me wrong, I had my share of negative experiences, but overall I was really surprised my little town was so accepting, which I know is not the standard.


  1. Awesome! It’s amazing how people seem to gravitate towards and appreciate those who aren’t afraid to be themselves … it’s probably because they secretly wish for the same thing – that they could be as true to themselves.

  2. Great story! I’m from your area originally and understand it must have been difficult to come out. I’m glad it turned out so well for you!

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