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Coming Out of the Closet

The Gay Guy's Guide To Coming Out

Rob Smith | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

Tip #1 - don't do it during the holidays!

I'm a Lesbian Married to a Man

Amanda C. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Amanda C.

At 50, I was finally able to admit to myself that I was a lesbian. I have been married for over 25 years and have a daughter, 15. My marriage has been a martyrdom, as I have no desire.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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.

Is 'Coming Out' a Western Construct?

Ali Ahmadi | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Ali Ahmadi

Why is Western society so obsessed with pulling people into certain categories? In an era when sexuality is increasingly understood to be a fluid spectrum, why must we assume that any non-oppressive society must have its fair share of "out-of-the-closet" homosexuals?

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!

WATCH: This Story Of Coming Out In A Muslim Family Is Absolutely Beautiful

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Coming out is never easy -- but when compounded by cultural expectations, the path to living as one's authentic self can be a tumultuous one. Comed...

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.

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.

Note to Gay Actors: Closets Are for Costumes

Leon Acord | Posted 12.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Leon Acord

Like it or not, actors have a responsibility beyond ourselves. There are still too many young gay people growing up surrounded by hatred, and they need to see well-adjusted, successful gay people who thrive without fear. And there are too many ignorant bigots who also need to see us in all our diversity. Once they do, then maybe we really can do away with labels.

Stepping Out of the Closet and Into Your Life

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

The most beautiful legacy you can leave for those you love is a long shadow-filled corridor of open doors that you have courageously walked through as you have moved closer and closer towards them.

Here's How Ridiculous It Would Look If Teens Had To 'Come Out' As Being Smart

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.20.2014 | Teen

"Mom, Dad. Um, I have something to tell you and I don't know how to say this. I'm... smart." So says the teen protagonist in the hilarious viral v...

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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LOOK: What Happens When People Are Forced To Come Out...As Straight

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices

A hilarious video looks at a parallel universe where straight people are forced to come out of the closet. The clip, which first appeared on Buzzf...

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.

'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.

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. ...

Deal Breaker No. 1: Why I'll Never Again Date a Guy Who's in the Closet

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 11.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

I fell in love with a boy who had to sneak out of his house to see me. I say "boy" not because we were teenagers breaking curfew. Shane and I were grown men, consenting adults who had been seeing each other for several months. We had everything: chemistry, passion, heat. But only when we got behind closed doors.

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...

Coming Out Was One Of The Hardest Things I've Done -- But I Don't Regret It

Nasir Fleming | Posted 11.24.2014 | Teen
Nasir Fleming

Coming out was one of the hardest tasks of my life. Although it has its ups-and-downs, I do not regret being open and honest with myself.

Is "Coming Out" All It's Cracked Up to Be?

Michael Solis | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Solis

I nearly shook my computer to death upon reading Noah Michelson's article on Jonathan Bennet, which advocates for the obligatory "coming out" among in...

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...

Yes, It Does Matter If Jonathan Bennett Is Gay And Out of the Closet or Not, And Here's Why

Noah Michelson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

This has nothing to do with privacy. I'm so tired of people blabbering on about how we need to respect people's privacy. Sexuality shouldn't be a private matter. It certainly isn't for straight people.

Life Insurance Advisor: Out of the Closet

Don McNay | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Don McNay

I've called myself other titles, masking that my income comes from the life insurance industry. There are multiple reasons why my lifetime occupation became a semi-hidden secret. The industry itself went through the same kind of identity crisis.

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 ...