A 19-year-old diver from Canada has opened up about the amazing reason he decided to come out.
British Columbia-native Aiden Faminoff came out last October for National Coming Out Day.
Speaking to Outsports, he has now expanded on the timing of his coming out and what inspired him to do so.
He says he never “felt comfortable enough” to come out before last October.
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“I was confused as to why I was attracted to men,” he said.
“Throughout middle school and high school, I would keep this to myself. I created a fake persona so I could blend in with the guys.”
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Going on, Faminoff says he “wanted to scream” when his friends talked about “cute girls”, because he wanted to speak openly about being gay.
But he still says he found support in diving.
And it was seeing a bisexual female friend in a same-sex relationship which eventually helped him find the confidence to come out.
He adds: “I saw one of my closest female friends be loving and happy with her girlfriend. I wanted to feel this way, comfortable in my own skin. She was an inspiration to me and made me feel confident.
“She was openly bisexual, which helped me gain the courage to come to terms with my own sexual orientation. I remember sitting in my car in a parking lot with her, telling her everything.”
His friend responded to say that she had always known he was gay, and at that point he cried, feeling “he had been accepted”.
He publically came out two years later, on 11 October 2016.
Faminoff now says he feels “free and open”.
He adds: “This is your life… so own it and live how you want.”