My #nationalcomingoutday story:

I first came out when I was 15 years old, while playing the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game called EverQuest. I played an avatar named Aleolin, an African-American ‘Erudite’ Wizard on the Prexus Server, and I spent 40+ hours a week playing to become one of the most powerful players in the history of the game, quite famous. I didn’t have a life outside the game, but in the midst of my fame in Everquest, I made intimate friends. Our avatars did everything together. Hung out. Sang songs. Drank electronic ale. Slew dragons. Flew our winged steeds through the clouds. And I remember, one day…