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About the first of August every year, I start to get this antsy feeling and I never seem to remember why. Then today rolls around. August 12th. To most, it's just a normal day. But for me, it's something far beyond ordinary.

Today marks 12 years since I told the world the biggest secret I had ever kept. A secret I had held with me for 18 years. A secret that once told, would forever change my life. On August 12th, 2009, at around 1:15pm, I busted down the closet door that had held me captive. A door that was so heavy. Heavy with shame, fear, and confusion.

"I'm gay." Two small words that would completely alter the way I was viewed by so many. Something that was so innate within me, yet that seemed so foreign and wrong. It was something that others would use to def