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Coming Out as Gay

Student Comes Out In Graduation Speech After Another In A Different School Is Barred

AP | DONNA BRYSON | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices

DENVER (AP) — A high school valedictorian received a standing ovation when she came out as gay during her graduation speech in the Colorado mountain...

What It's Like To Come Out Later In Life

Ken Solin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Fifty
Ken Solin

When Bruce Jenner came out as transgender, it made me think about boomers coming out of whatever closet they've spent much of their lives in. Whether transgender, gay or lesbian, as a straight, male boomer I wanted to understand their experience, to know how it feels for someone to come out late in life.

Gay Man Recounts Coming Out to His Devout Muslim Father (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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'Mom, I'm Gay, Own a Porn Company, and Am in a Polyamorous Relationship' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-03-07-1425698203-4045328-2015030514255850116228986BenjamineHeathsmall.jpgComing out once is hard enough. But for Benjamine Heath, he had to come out to his mother three times, once as gay, once as owning a porn company, and once as being in a polyamorous relationship.

Life Coach Zachary Koval Discusses Finding Personal Acceptance Through His Queerness

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

Zachary Koval is a busy man: He's a personal trainer and life coach, primarily helping people with coming out or switching to a plant-based diet. We sat down to chat on a cold New York afternoon.

New Study Examines The Lifelong Impact Of Coming Out At A Young Age

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have better self esteem and less depression as y...

5 Fears About Coming Out Later In Life

Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Call it a mid-life crisis or just finally coming to your senses. Either way, coming out late in life is confusin...

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 02.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

On Saturday night I was able to sit back and watch my team capture the Yonkers City Championship. It was our second title in the past four years, but the first tournament championship since coming out. The next day, a rare in-season off day, I was able to sit back and reflect.

Why You Should Care That Tim Cook and Michael Sam Are Gay

Danielle Ariano | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Danielle Ariano

Have you heard the news that Apple CEO Tim Cook is gay? Are you thinking, "OK, was anybody asking?" or perhaps more pointedly, "Who gives a flying f***?"? Then this blog post is for you!

My Year Since Coming Out

Harry Cook | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Harry Cook

A year ago I was sitting at home in Australia, debating whether I should post my coming-out video. I had recorded the video in September and had let it collect dust on my desktop for almost two months. I was anxious about what would happen if I revealed this part of myself to the rest of the world. The tape was a reaction to one of the scariest moments of my career.

A Message to All Gay Professionals: Copy Tim Cook and Come Out for the Third Time

Barry Whyte | Posted 01.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Barry Whyte

In my experience, gay people go through the process of coming out three times. First, they come out to themselves and their immediate friends. The second time is to their family and wider community. Finally, they come out in the workplace. But it shocks me how few gay people do the latter.

Should Young Gay Professionals Come Out Of The Closet At Work?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Out and proud financial guru Suze Orman dropped by HuffPost Live this week, where she offered her advice to young professionals who may be feeling the...

What I've Learned Since Coming Out

Fred Rosser (aka Darren Young) | Posted 01.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Fred Rosser (aka Darren Young)

I feared being alienated when deciding to come out, but instead I felt welcomed. The overwhelming support from WWE, my fellow WWE Superstars and Divas, and my fans has been fantastic. This positive outpouring has eclipsed any negativity, and I only wish I had known that earlier.

Liberal, Well-Meaning Mom Blows It When Her Son Comes Out -- But Then She Feels Blessed

Susan Oren | Posted 12.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Susan Oren

Here was the ultimate mom test. Was I the real deal? At this crucial moment, probably the most important one of my life, my mind had shut down, and I'd lost my voice. I'd expected to perform much better. This had been a D-minus at best.

The Future Is Here: Mom Asks Son to Wait Till Commercial to Come Out (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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Singer-Songwriter Nick Deutsch Comes Out As Gay

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices

What does it mean to truly be out of the closet? Though singer-songwriter Nick Deutsch says he's been out as gay since before he entered high schoo...

'You Must Come Out': How Harvey Milk's Challenge Resonates With Gay Christians Today

Jennifer Knapp | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Knapp

I think about Harvey's impassioned plea quite often. It whispers in my brain with both inspiration and reservation -- inspiration because, as an out woman, I have experienced what only coming out will teach you, and reservation because, as a Christian, I also know that coming out and purging all secrets can be a dangerous, painful prospect.

Young Woman Recounts Coming Out to Her 90-Year-Old Grandpa (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-10-20141010AbbyFinksmall.jpgAbby took her girlfriend home to Minneapolis over Labor Day weekend, and, at the insistence of her father, her girlfriend joined them for the family lunch with Grandpa. After an awkward beginning, with Grandpa not knowing who Abby's surprise guest was, Abby's dad stepped in and began the conversation.

Coming Out Again!

Blake Skjellerup | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Blake Skjellerup

Upon coming out publicly in May 2010, I thought that that would be last time I would ever have to come out. Boy, was I wrong. Since then I have had to come out again and again. But last week I found myself in a coming-out situation that I had never experienced before, and I wasn't sure what to do.

LOOK: Queer People Reveal Their Poignant And Profound Coming Out Stories

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay Voices

National Coming Out Day was first celebrated on Oct. 11, 1988, exactly one year after the historic March On Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. ...

Here's What Happens When A Spouse Who Identified As Straight Comes Out As LGBT

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices

With celebrities and other public figures speaking freely about their sexuality in subtle and understated ways, coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual a...

The Moment I Knew I Was LGBT

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.24.2014 | Gay Voices

For some, it was a scene in a movie, TV sitcom or music video. For others, it was a top-secret crush during recess or a pal's slumber party. As pa...

A Gay Dad Responds To The Family Who Reacted Violently To Their Son's Coming Out

Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family Last week another young person, Daniel Pierce, was thrown out of his home for being gay. I have written about this ...

Parent Notes to LGBT Kids Go Viral | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

In this "Digitally Speaking" segment, I discuss the social media impact produced by these notes, and how they can help parents everywhere better handle the coming out moment for LGBT kids.

LOOK: When These People Came Out, The Responses They Got Were Amazing

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices

For many, coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is still a significant and challenging rite-of-passage. While there's still p...