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Young women have now hijacked the “glo up” meme to show the progress and impact of coming out.

This is Caitlin Crowley (right). She is 17 and a senior at Naples High School in Florida. She’s dating her best friend, Kirrin Chew, who she met at a college prep program a few years ago.

This is Caitlin Crowley (right). She is 17 and a senior at Naples High School in Florida. She's dating her best friend, Kirrin Chew, who she met at a college prep program a few years ago.

Crowley told BuzzFeed News both she and Chew have only been “completely out of the closet” for six months, but they've been dating for a year now.

Since they've come out, Crowley said they've received an overwhelming “outpour of love” from friends and family.

Caitlin Crowley

Earlier this week, Crowley came across an old photo from a freshman year dance that she attended with a boy named Dylan. She and Dylan are still friends, but she had a good laugh seeing the difference a few years made.

Earlier this week, Crowley came across an old photo from a freshman year dance that she attended with a boy named Dylan. She and Dylan are still friends, but she had a good laugh seeing the difference a few years made.

Caitlin Crowley

Crowley is shocked by the impact of her “joke” tweet. It’s had an emotional and deeply personal effect on her, she said.

Crowley is shocked by the impact of her "joke" tweet. It's had an emotional and deeply personal effect on her, she said.

“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,” she said.

“To anyone who's still in the closet: take your time, you are not alone, and you are valid!”

Caitlin Crowley

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