Swing open the door! Please, if anyone you know does decide to come out today, support them. It is a tough decision for someone to make. Knowing someone is gay may not be easy for many straight people, but realize that gay people are just that "people". We just want to live our lives without having to look over our shoulders wondering. If you have not come out, I can tell you, doing so is a big weight off your shoulders. It may not be for everyone. And everyone has their own situations with family and friends, but living freely is a big deal. Not having to hide who you are is a big deal. If someone can't accept you for being you, then do you really want to associate with them personally or professionally? In the end, if you decide to stay in the closet, it is your choice. I personally do not think someone should be forced out if they are not ready. But know, there is a large community of people in this world, gay and straight, that will be there to support you when you do. I have been fortunate, many others have not. We are at a time now where more and more, people do not really give a shit about what you do sexually, it is what you do in life and how you treat other people. It is about making your mark on the world. Do what feels right. If you come out and your family or friends shun you, then do they truly love you? I could go on and on. I know it is a tough decision and one that I made about 11 or 12 years ago. I came out slowly to my friends and family...which, many had already figured out. I am not flamboyant, but many said they had wondered. I dated my share of girls before finally settling on guys, but the people close to me say they sorta knew. We have a generation of young folks who are more accepting and an older generation that is coming to terms with the fact that their child, nephew/niece, cousin or uncle/aunt is gay and accept it... they move on... so today, if you decide to take that giant leap, know that not everyone in the world will disown you, and if they do, they will likely come around if they truly love you for YOU!