Teen’s Joke Inspired This Powerful Trend, Women Are Sharing Their Coming-Out “Glo Ups” & We Are Here For It

  • By Asad Tipu
  • October 31, 2017
  • 2 minutes read

This is Caitlin Crowley (right) and her girlfriend.

Her bestfriend, Kirrin Crew (left), is her significant other after they met at a college prep a year or more ago. They started dating a year ago, but had come out of the closet for about six months now.

Recently, Crowley went through old pictures and found one of her at a freshman dance with her friend, Dylan.

She and Dylan had a good laugh over what a few years did.

Taking to twitter, she jokingly posted the pictures side by side.

The tweet went viral, causing dozens to mimic her trend.

People laughed, made fun of, and enjoyed what a few years did for Crowley.


Everyone began sharing their own “Glo Up” stories.


“I used to date only guys…but now am in a happy relationship with the girl in the picture,”

Including Manny Arraiz, 24, who got engaged at a gay pride.

“I thought it was important to share [the photos] to let people know that even when you’re still in the closet and deal with all the problems — and awesome things — that come with being a young gay person, it all gets better,”

Devin Mongan, eighteen years old from Long Island.


“I went to Catholic school my whole life and had a hard time coming to terms with my own identity,”

Katy Nicholson, who also came out as lesbian.


“I went my first three years of high school questioning my sexuality, and then my senior year I started to date my current girlfriend,”

Mackenzie Schmidt, 18 from Indiana.

“I decided to share my ‘glo up’ because I’m extremely proud of the progress I’ve made with being comfortable about my sexuality,”

Sabrina Herstedt, 21, from Massachusetts.

“I woke up this morning and made a vow to myself to not let some kind of internalized homophobia win and just share my life,”

The thread is full of women coming out, including Anissa Cruz.

“I could see the difference in my ‘glo up’ from being so uncomfortable with my body and the person I was dating to how I am now!”

Crowley was shocked and proud of how the public took her tweet.

“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!”

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