People are sharing their before-and-after coming out photos, and the transformations are beautiful

If you need a pick-me-up today, then we have exactly what you need. People are sharing their before-and-after/glow up coming out pics on social media after a teen named Caitlin Crowley posted a picture of herself with her freshman-year boyfriend next to a photo of her with her senior-year girlfriend. Many other women and men followed suit with their own “before and after” glow up pics.

And the difference is incredible.

We of course don’t mean”difference” in terms of outward appearances — we mean difference in terms of how unapologetically happy and at peace everyone seems in their “after” pics. The photos are a true testament to the beauty of living our truths.

Here’s the initial post from Crowley.

And here are just a few of the posts that followed.

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Crowley told BuzzFeed News that the initial post started as a simple joke between her, her current girlfriend, and the boy she was pictured with freshman year. “It was meant to be a funny joke between my friends and I, because Dylan and I are still friends and laugh at our freshman year selves very often,” she said.

She also added, "Hearing the stories of complete strangers and their own coming out fears really hit me hard, because when I was first coming to terms with my sexuality I didn't know a single lesbian. To anyone who's still in the closet: take your time, you are not alone, and you are valid!"

The initial tweet has been shared more than 35,000 times and currently has over 137,000 likes, so the message of love, self-acceptance, and “glowing up” clearly resonated with so very many people.

Keep sharing your beautiful photos.