<pAhead of National Coming Out Day on Thursday, Neil Patrick Harris spoke on "The View" about his own experience coming out as gay.
<p"When I came out, the ceiling didn't crash in — I was able to stand taller and be more … transparent about who I was," the actor told the co-hosts. "I didn't have to be so guarded. And in turn, I think that allows your light to shine a little bit brighter."
<pHarris has been married to his husband David Burtka since 2014. The couple have twins, Harper Grace Burtka-Harris and Gideon Scott Burtka-Harris, who turn eight years old this week.
<pHarris emphasizes that the act of coming out is specific to a person's circumstances.
<p"Some people… know who they are at a very, very early age —- and some people are married with kids and are still struggling with it," Harris said. "There's religious reasons, there's political reasons, there's familial reasons."
<pHarris says he "applauds" the holiday, suggesting that some "can use it as a conversation starter if they're not sure about how to broach the conversation."
<pHowever, he says he "wouldn't want to put any undue pressure" on those who have not come out: "If there's reasons you don't want to, I don't think it's anyone's call to force you to do it."
<pHe also spoke about the strides society has made in embracing the L.G.B.T. community, and says "it's a great time to come out."
<p"If you're gay and you need to tell people, we live in a time now where there's a lot more examples of representation of [gay] people -— whether on film or whether in real life, whether in your family, who are gay and leading a super regular, upstanding life," Harris said.
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