But what about the olden days? The days when homosexuality was not only frowned upon, but still punished with persecution and even imprisonment.
This man's coming out story shows it's not about the date on your calendar, but the people around you and their ability to love you as you are.
The story goes back to the 1950s, when Patrick Haggerty was growing up on a dairy farm in Dry Creek, Wash.
In an animated short for StoryCorps, Haggerty recalls the day the cat came out of the bag.
It all started with his oldest brother taking Patrick to perform at a school assembly. On his way, Patrick applied glitter and lipstick to his face — or as he told his brother, "put on his costume."
After dropping Patrick off, his brother called up their dad and told him to rush to the school.
Patrick's brother was worried about the consequences his sibling's glitzy, unusual costume will cause.