A California man just had his coming out tweet go viral.
Adam Fletcher is a 35-year-old gaming professional from Orange County. On December 30, he posted a thread on Twitter revealing to his 20K+ followers that he’s gay.
“I’ve typed this tweet maybe 10+ times this year because I haven’t figured out a proper way of saying it…” Fletcher wrote. “I’m gay.”
So here I am. I’m sure people will be against it, but it feels good to just say it.
I am gay. And now I’m damn happy.
Sorry if you’re against it.
Thanks for those that are supportive. ??
And for those who may be in the same situation…
Things really do get better. ??
— Adam Fletcher (@PezRadar) December 30, 2018
In a follow up tweet, Fletcher went on to say, “I’ve been scared to say it forever, but damn does it feel good to say now! Close friends and some co-workers know, but the general public doesn’t.”
Well, they do now!
Fletcher’s tweet went unexpectedly viral, accumulating over 23,000 likes, nearly 750 retweets, and 1,100 messages of love and support.
I admire the courage it took for you to come out and embrace your true self. We all love you all the same, Adam! May 2019 be your happiest and best year ever!!
— Ryan Wyatt (@Fwiz) December 31, 2018
“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow
The closet offers many of us safety, but hinders us from growing and evolving into our true selves. Thank you for sharing your first step forward. ??
— Genna Bain (@GennaBain) December 31, 2018
Glad to see you have so many people who are in your corner and that’s the best feeling. You know I’m there for you too bud. I always enjoy working with you and talking shop. ?
— Goldenboy (@GoldenboyFTW) December 31, 2018
When did we meet, like 8 years ago? It SUCKS to think that this whole time you felt you had to keep something like this to yourself, but I’m stoked that you’ve got it all out now!
Your 2019 is gonna be awesome ???
— mikeb aka bekim (@akamikeb) December 30, 2018
Fletcher, who comes from a conservative family, added that fear is what prevented him from coming out sooner.
“I’ve had a ton of fear,” he revealed. “Fear that friends would shun me. Fear that it would hold me back career wise as bad apples always exist on a tree. And of course the fear of my family.”
But, he said, he also has a “close group of friends that have been incredibly supportive.”
He added, “These wonderful people have given me more confidence and support. I’ve been able to lean against them through this when family wasn’t an option.”
“So here I am. I’m sure people will be against it, but it feels good to just say it.”