"This year … I came out of the closet publicly," he captioned a lengthy Instagram post. "It chokes me up just reading this sentence. Happy tears :) Knowing that my younger self would be so proud of the person I’ve become."
"Strong enough to overcome the cards I was dealt growing up & brave enough to finally have the guts to try & help others feel happy with who they are," he continued. "I remember when I came out for the first time when I was 14 yrs old like it was yesterday. I ran away and lived in my best friend Maurice’s closet. I felt so lost and I was insanely rebellious. I didn’t have the knowledge or tools to accept myself and know my worth until recently."
"I'm so lucky to have people in my life, who accept me for who I am and don't judge me for simply being me," he concluded. "I'm sending a hug to all of you! Coming out on your own time and when it’s safe is the most important thing. Just know that it unlocks so many beautiful opportunities :) Happy National Coming Out Day. Please share your stories with me, would love to hear them!!"