Irish Teen Shares Emotional Coming Out Story After Ireland Approves Gay Marriage

It is the dawn of a new era in Ireland today, just a day after a historic election in which hundreds of thousands of Irish voters said ‘Yes’ to marriage equality in support of their fellow LGBT brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors!

Voters rejected centuries of anti-gay rhetoric and saw the truth about love, that it does not have a gender, race, skin color, creed, or sexual orientation!

The vote, which marks the first time a country has legalized same-sex marriage through popular vote, has already given one teen the courage to come out of the closet. tweeted a message they received from a 16-year-old girl who wanted to remain anonymous. TheJournal writes: “Moving email we just received from a 16-year-old girl who asked to stay anonymous on her reaction to the vote #marref.”

The teen writes: “I am a 16 year old teenager, so I had no say in this referendum. But recently I have discovered that I am bisexual. I didn’t tell anyone, for how could I expect them to treat me equally if the law didn’t? I didn’t want to acknowledge that I might never get married to someone I love. Today, however, when I woke up and heard the news, I started crying. I have already come out to a few of my close friends this morning, knowing that today I am living in a more equal Ireland than the one I went to sleep in yesterday. To everyone out there who vote yes: thank you for giving me a future where I can be happy. Thank you for changing my life forever. Not bad for just putting an X in a box, right?

Thanks to your ‘Yes’ vote, you have given teens the courage to step out of the shadows of their closets and say “I am proud of who I am!”