Re: Was life easier inside the closet?
1. Thoughts on religion.
2. Thoughts on politics.
3. The details of my many health problems.
4. The psychological problems I feel I have due to my family.
5. What medications I am taking.
6. Who my ancestors were (I keep that one to myself for very good reason).
... Things like that. I know that if I shared those aspects of who I am with everyone I have to spend any time with, I would end up in a lot of arguments, and would possibly end up an outcast. I'm not saying my problems are especially bad or degrading, because I think that everyone hides a part of themselves from the world.
So how is that different from a homosexual keeping their sexuality private? I know its a little different, but would life be easier or harder hiding that?
Without reading the other responses (sorry, short of time), i would suggest to you the following:
1. & 2. As you live in the US, although you might get unpleasant responses, you are unlikely to be beaten or killed for your religious or political beliefs. You might lose your employment, but you'd have had to provide some other opening as an excuse for anyone to have gotten away with that. You might lose your "friends," but if someone will not associate with you based on your expressed political opinions, they likely were no real friends to begin with. There is the obvious example of being Jewish in an area in which that is rare, and prejudice is enshrined.
3. This is a non-starter as a criterion--you provide no details, and even were you to do so, no one reading has any idea whether or not your health issues are real or imagined. I don't say that to be offensive, but i really don't think this has sufficient significance. Once again, you are unlikely to be beaten or killed, and unlikely to lose your employment on this basis.
4. My answer to this would essentially be the same as for #3, although it may be that if you are estranged from you family, you may have some small inkling of what a homosexual woman or man sometimes experiences when dealing with an unloving family.
5. Not relevant to such a debate, unless one were reasonably able to assert that this caused you to behave in "pathological" ways.
6. This is an issue closer to the reality of what people who are actively discriminated against experience. When i Ireland, i once met a nasty old bastard who would ask what your surname is, and, if necessary to establish his bigotry, how you spelled it--he wanted to determine whether or not you are of Protestant descent because he was not simply bigoted, but actively prejudiced, militantly so. I told him my last name is that of my mother's family, which is a Protestant name, and then asked what the hell he thought he was going to do about it. I could have given him my last name (and its spelling) and been "approved of" by him, but he was a right nasty little weasel, and i enjoyed making him squirm.
Which brings me to my point. I could do that in that situation, but had the majority of people in County Sligo expressed the same prejudice as him, i might have been in trouble for identifying myself with a known Protestant name. A homosexual man or woman who so identifies him- or herself still risks physical assault, as well as loss of employment. You may be aware of the young man who was tied to a fence and murdered in the western U.S. (Montana? Wyoming?). In Columbus, Ohio, several years ago, a young man who was walking through what i would describe as a "white trash" neighborhood was assaulted, and beaten while his tormentors chanted anti-homosexual hatefulness. He was so severely beaten that one of his retinae separated from the orbit, and he was tormented for so long, that by the time he received medical attention, it was not possible to adequately repair the damage. He was, effectively, blinded in one eye. So you might answer you own question by asking if any of the circumstances you have listed might lead to being assaulted or murdered, or the loss of employment, or the deprivation of your civil liberties--which is what homosexual women and men routinely face. As for one's relationships with one's family, it is a non-issue, but only in that one needn't be homosexual to experience such estrangement--i have had no face-to-face contact with any member of my family for more than twenty years.
I don't wish to be unkind to you, but my inclination is to suggest that you have no idea what such people face; and that your problems, although certainly and reasonably important to you, and not being made light of by me, are likely considerably less of a burden to you than being homosexual is to those women and men in our society, especially given that they may well have one or several of the problems you describe, in addition to have that one "problem" which can put them at risk of life and limb.