I waited until after I graduated from high school, then (with SERIOUS nerves) told five of my closest friends one by one. Some I'd known since before I could talk. Others I'd met while the backyard wrestling fed I was in was going. I went five for five! Every last one of them was like, "Yeah, and...?" when I said Those Words. Nothing's changed between me & any of them, even a tad. If anything we're even better friends than before.
This one friend is always correcting me when I talk about something going on and apologize for bringing my "gay issues" to him. Every time he goes, "They're RUSS issues. And Russ is my friend. Cut that shit out." This from a guy who's a frat boy at UK and who you'd think at first was just another Greek-letter douche. WRONG!
Only during spring break this year did I end up telling somebody the same day we met. These two friends who "know" were chillin' with me at their place and they'd just introduced us. We'd eaten supper and were sitting talking around when one of them said something that made it totally obvious. For a minute I was pissed. Then the dude goes, "So I've been wrestling, and talking shit, with a gay guy for half the afternoon. OK. It's probably not the first time." That was it. Now he's my best friend.
Nobody else knows, sure as hell not my parents OR bosses.
SO happy for you man!!!