I wrote here on Friday that I came out to another close acquaintance who I will see when I attend a conference en femme next month.
It took me awhile to get up the nerve to click on the send button and come out to her. The build-up was stressful and I was very moody for days before I finally pushed the button.
Coming out to that friend went very well. Next, I faced a more difficult coming out.
I am on the board of directors of an organization that is one of the major players at the conference I will attend. I felt that I had to come out to the other members of the board as well as the officers of the organization. I have known some of these people for a long time, some for a short time, and two are newbies, who I hardly know, yet I had to come out to all of them.
All weekend, I was stressed out about coming out to these folks and I was in a foul mood as a result. I finally clicked on the send button about 9 PM last night.
I received three e-mails back within minutes. All three were very positive and supportive.
I received two more positive e-mails back this morning.
Three people have not responded yet. One is a short term acquaintance, and the other two are the newbies. The five who did respond are the guys who I have known the longest, so it did my heart good to receive positive supportive responses from them.
Anyway, I am finished coming out with regards to the upcoming conference. I have informed everyone who I think should know. This morning, I woke up feeling relieved that I don't have to click on another send button. And I am in a much better mood, too.
UPDATE: One more responded positively, so the score for the officers and board members is six positive responses and two no responses.