Coming out to your closest friends and family is most definitely not an easy task, regardless of how progressive and open-minded they are.
Even though they might be LGBTQ+ affirmative in theory, they might not know how to accept the fact that some of their friends is actually a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Grace Baldrige recently shared a series of tweets in which she shared some much-needed advice to her LGBQT+ followers. Namely, she spoke to her younger self in retrospect as someone who was hesitant to come out to her friends as a teenager, and she reassured everyone that things would work out in the end.
Dear Grace-At-Prom, I know you’re afraid to come out to your friends right now. But don’t worry. They’re gonna be your bridesmaids one day. pic.twitter.com/N7UZIKZ7Vz
— Semler (@GraceBaldridge) August 9, 2018
Well, hi! If you’re interested in more sappy gayness, here’s a video of me proposing to my wife. https://t.co/YhrEds0X5Q
— Semler (@GraceBaldridge) August 11, 2018
Baldrige shared two photos of herself and her friend: the first one that they took at prom, while she looked rather uncomfortable in a purple prom dress, and the second one more recent – taken at her wedding.
In the second photo, she can be seen holding a pride flag in her hands and wearing a suit.
This is what she wrote:
“Dear Grace-At-Prom, I know you’re afraid to come out to your friends right now,” she wrote. “But don’t worry. They’re gonna be your bridesmaids one day.”
The affirmation resonated with thousands of people, and the tweet racked up more than 40k likes and hundreds of comments.
In an interview with Good Morning America, she shared how she came out to her friends.
“I knew and I’ve known for some time [that I was gay]. You kind of start convincing yourself, ‘If I pretend and act like everyone else… I’ll kind of fake it ’til I make it.'”
She then slowly started coming out as gay to her friends and family, and each person she spoke to supported her.
It felt so safe for her, and her high school friends were her bridesmaids at her wedding.
Baldridge got married in 2018 with her then-girlfriend Elizabeth in Malibu, and one of her friends shared the prom photo while they were on their honeymoon.
She admitted that it’s crazy to think that in that photo, she knew that prom was such a sham and she was hiding a lot.
She also shared that she feels a bit of heartache for the kid that was privately so lonely and sad, and she wishes she knew that it all works out in the end.