Has being openly gay been liberating for you as person?
It's not being openly gay that's been liberating to me, as much as realizing and admitting to myself that I am indeed gay. And that really has changed my life, for the better.
I never spent a single day in the closet, but I did spend decades in denial. There is a difference. In the former you know you're gay but hide it from others. In the latter you don't even know it about yourself, or suspecting it, try to suppress and rationalize it away.
But the moment I knew it about myself I came out. And kicked myself for not having realized it sooner.
So liberating, yes, but not in the sense I believe the OP means. I think we're all happiest when living the orientation into which we are born. Straights as straight, and gays as gay. Both are good, both are correct, depending on how a person is born.
What is INcorrect is when we choose, or are influenced or forced, to "cross-live" in the wrong orientation, as I was. It's like the old custom of forcing left-handed children to learn to write and do other tasks with their right hand. Unnatural and ultimately unhealthy. And so it is with suppressing being gay.