This Tweet About Growing Up Gay Has Gone Viral Because It Rings True For So Many

"This hit just a little too close to home."

Sometimes, it just takes a simple tweet to be reminded that you're not alone. 

Twitter user @introvertgay recently posted a message about gay culture that many people in LGBTQ community can relate to. 

"Gay culture is being a teenager when you're 30 because your teenage years were not yours to live," he wrote. 


We've made a lot of positive legislative and social strides in the U.S. in recent years for LGBTQ people, but many who are adults now struggled with coming out when they were younger. Many may have worried that their loved ones would react negatively or that they'd be subjected to bullying and cruelty from their peers. Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center looked at 14 years of hate crime data and told the PBS Newshour, "LGBT people are targeted for violent hate crimes at a rate of two times that of ... Muslims or Black people, four times that of Jews, and 14 times that of Latinos."

In 2012, the Human Rights Campaign surveyed more than 10,000 LGBT-identified youth, ages 13-17, and found that 42 percent of LGBTQ youth report living in a community that is "not accepting." Ninety-two percent of them also said they "hear negative messages about being LGBT."

In 2015, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report that showed 34 percent of gay students are bullied on school property, 10 percent are threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, 28 percent are bullied electronically, and 18 percent have experienced physical dating violence. 

Clearly, we still have a long way to go before all LGBTQ youth can feel completely comfortable to come out and fully be themselves. That's why Twitter user introvertedgay's tweet resonated with so many after he posted it. His tweet has since been retweeted nearly 14,000 times, liked more than 63,000, and has received an overwhelming response. Many people replied by saying that he accurately described their own personal experiences. 

But this Twitter user said exactly what we hope for the future of LGBTQ youth: 

(H/T: Refinery29

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