Twitter is full of “gay culture” tweets that can be funny, relatable, or just a little bit sad. They prove that many people in the LGBTQ+ community share similar experiences, whether it’s something they went through as a child or something they still deal with today.
But none are quite as fun, heartbreaking, and in-your-face real as this tweet by Introvert Gay went viral within days.
Oof. It’s a simple message, but it hits hard. It’s no surprise that so many people found the tweet incredibly relatable, and maybe even made them a little emotional.
LGBTQ+ youth are more likely to deal with violence, bullying, and sexual assault than other students, which has a negative effect on mental health and self-esteem. It’s unsurprising that many young people struggle with coming out and the perception people will have of them if they do.
Just remember: you’re not alone. If that one tweet is proof alone, thousands of people understand you and know exactly what you went through. Now go forth and reclaim your teen years. You’re doing great, sweetie.