I recently realized that it's not homophobia but heteronormativity that pushed me into the closet. I had inklings at a young age that I was gay, but I knew immediately I had to suppress them to be normal. I'm pretty social, but I have developed a crippling social anxiety in many situations. The worst is over so I feel like I'm ready to move on and live my life openly, but I realize I'm suffering from a ridiculous amount of internalized heteronormativity that makes me feel other, different, weird. I'm hoping someday it'll normalize and I wont' feel apologetic for my identity, if that makes sense. Do you struggle with it? How do you handle internalized "othering"?