Hi there friends. Some days are so great, hopeful, and everything feels good and happy. Today's one of those days. In general, what I'm feeling today is a sense of optimism and perhaps a curiosity and excitement about the things I'm starting to learn as I get more comfortable and open about my queer identity. It's like waking up and seeing the world and everything feels sunny and bright for a bit. I tend to be very emotional, and I'm not sure I'm very good at articulating my feelings. But I suppose what I'd like to do is start a thread about some of the things that make us feel good and proud and happy about being queer. Does anybody want to share? I'm happy when I'm comfortable enough to flirt. Catch a woman's eye, smile and show interest. I feel a boost of confidence and a little flip in my belly. I love to see others around me talk about being lgbt in an open way. My little buddy (who I've known since she was a baby, and is now a teen), who my mother used to take care of, is out and proud of being bi. Yesterday my 13 year old nephew responded to my stepmom when she said to him "your table manners are not going to impress the girls" - he said "Grandma, and what if I'm gay?" The young people in my life are so much more relaxed about this, it makes me feel happy. I'm proud of myself every time I talk about being queer in public or share my story with a new friend. I feel happy when I realise how far I've come (even though I've got a long way to go). I may think of more, but I just wanted to start a positive thread. Who wants to share?