For those of you not in the know, to ‘glo up’ is something akin to the old ugly duck syndrome, a transformation from awkward, gangly teen to smoking hot in your senior years. It can occur either physically through the development of new ‘assets’ during puberty, or from simply gaining the self-acceptance and therefore confidence to hold yourself with a degree of sass previously absent.

Caitlin Crowley, 17 and from Naples, Florida, is a good example of the latter. She jokingly tweeted before and after pics of herself, four years ago and now, with the caption “Does this count as a glo up???”

In the first pic is her and her old friend Dylan, back in freshman year and all dolled up, but with a body language that suggests that romance is not on the cards. Nevertheless, they were and remain great friends. It was the ‘now’ pic that has resonated with people. Confident, carefree and clearly in love, Caitlin is kissing her girlfriend Kirrin Chew, who she has been dating for a year now.

Inspired by the beauty of her transformation and obvious happiness since ‘coming out,’ others with similar experiences started sharing their gay glo up pics with an outpouring of love and positivity. The viral posts show other young people that may be struggling to come to terms with their sexuality to see that coming out, while often difficult, can also be a joyful and liberating experience.

Scroll down to see people’s pictures and experiences below, and feel free to share your own stories in the comments!

More info: Twitter (h/t: Insider)

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Änne 1 year ago

this is great <3

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Adriana E. Henricy 1 year ago

babe <3

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Roxane Milko 1 year ago

Basically me and any crush

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Friedlander Rosenzweig 2 months ago

From friends on a date to best friends madly in love!

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Silent Skeleton 1 year ago

Never too old for a glow-up :o)

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Stille20 1 year ago

LOL, she looks so uncomfortable in the first photo

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Taryn Wallace 1 year ago

One of you is rockin that flower dress

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Jennifer .S 1 year ago

They're such a cute couple! (The two girls)

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clay 1 year ago

are glo-ups strictly gay and trans?

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Ayra 1 year ago

That smile <3

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Isabel Tamayo 1 year ago

Awkward smile to sincere and contented smile :)

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Luke Pascasio 1 year ago

Nice. At least one pic of two guys kissing.

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Dani Donovan 1 year ago

Congrats!

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Ayra 1 year ago

that akward hovering hand *lol*

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1 year ago

What state is that on her shirt? I'm probably the only one trying to guess x)

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Rebekah 1 year ago

All three have some killer smiles.

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Isabel Tamayo 1 year ago

Looks so much happier and more and more beautiful...

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Isabel Tamayo 1 year ago

That wedding photo is so touching...

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Änne 1 year ago

love the wedding dress!

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Adriana E. Henricy 1 year ago

she and her fiance are so SO good looking

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It's Caturday 2.0 1 year ago

Oh wow!

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Full Name 1 year ago

What's with all the girls suddenly rocking hipster glasses?

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Leoninus Fate 1 year ago

can I just say, I love the fact she found a tall girl~ it reminds me of my husband and me before........Im, 7'3 so he was my small lil guy before.... we left each other

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heyerlein 1 year ago

Wao this is a wonderful kissing picture. I can really feel the love <3

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riley.girl 1 year ago

This is one that really stuck out!

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Isabel Tamayo 1 year ago

Yes, girl. You look so happy! Happy for you :*

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Raven Holt 1 year ago

the man emoji works eerily well on this one

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Michelle Windus 1 year ago

oh dear....that jumper??!!!

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Kirsten Lee 1 year ago

thats kinda rude its not "gay shit" i might be bisexual but kinda offends me

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ispeak catanese 1 year ago

There's a Museum of Ice Cream somewhere? !!!!!

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Kirsten Lee 1 year ago

she looks like my cousin on the right side

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