PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Friday is National Coming Out Day, and a Montgomery County man shared his story with KYW Newsradio about coming out as gay to his friends and family — including his wife and son.
Ed Seiders says he seemed to be living the perfect life.
“I married my high school sweetheart. I have a wonderful son,” he said.
And on top of that, he had a rewarding, successful career in video production.
“Yet,” he said, “I still felt empty.”
Two years ago, after years of what he calls an internal civil war, he came out as gay to those closest to him.
He says was nervous.
“My biggest concern was always for my wife and my son and making sure whatever I was doing was in the best interest of everyone,” he said.
But, he says, it was time to be himself.
“I didn’t want to just hide in the darkness and pretend and hope that this would just fade away.”
Seiders, now 33, credits his ex-wife for being very supportive and understanding, including this past June when he came out to the rest of his world, on Facebook.
“If you surround yourself with the right people, it all works out,” he said.
One thing he says he learned on his journey is that everyone has their own path and timeline toward finding and accepting who they are.
“The more and more you break out of the shell and be true to yourself, the better it feels.”
National Coming Out Day is an annual LGBT awareness day observed on Oct. 11. The day is an annual celebration of the visibility of LGBT people in the hopes that friends and family will be less likely to hold on to homophobic views when people they know are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.