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Coming Out of the Closet

Basketball Hall Of Famer Has One Question For Gay Athletes

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 04.10.2014 | Gay Voices

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell said Wednesday that gay athletes' current fight for equality and acceptance reminds him of some ...

Does Social Media Play a Role in an Athlete's Decision to Come Out of the Closet?

Quora | Posted 04.09.2014 | Technology

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Mills Baker, Product Design Analyst at Mokriya Speculatively: yes. Summary:Athletes know tha...

Young Woman Explains Why She Identifies as 'Queer' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

After she came out as queer to an ex-boyfriend, and later to a childhood friend with whom she led Bible study, both friends responded with support.

The Surprise Way This 'Top Chef' Winner Came Out

Posted 04.03.2014 | Gay Voices

"Top Chef" champion Kristen Kish has come out in a unique and subtle way. The South Korean-born chef, who nabbed the "Top Chef" crown in 2013 and ...

Coming Out as a Public Figure

Greg Louganis | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

I don't think public figures come out for attention, as the media makes it out, but so that some LGBT kid in the Bible Belt who may be contemplating ending his or her life has hope! They too can be an actor or actress! They too can be an Olympian! They too can be anything they want to be.

George Michael: My Family Thinks I Just Haven't Found 'The Right Girl' Yet

Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices

George Michael has been living openly as a gay man following his very public 1998 arrest for a "lewd act" in a Beverly Hills restroom. But as Peo...

Experiencing a Parallel Transition From Inside the Closet

Jason Rozek | Posted 03.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Rozek

I'm back in the closet and keeping the reality of my relationship from the people in my life because my partner is a transgender woman who is not out yet. I've gone back into hiding and dusted off my dormant skill at playing the pronoun game. It's a curious space to occupy.

What Should I Expect Before I Come Out?

Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices

By Coming out of the closet to friends, family and colleagues can be a stressful time in one's life. In a way, it's like shedding an ...

Producers of Kate Hepburn Biopic Should Follow Ellen Page's Example

William J. Mann | Posted 02.19.2014 | Books
William J. Mann

The story goes that the two meet on the MGM lot. Tracy is surprised by how tall Hepburn is. "Don't worry," someone tells him. "You'll soon cut her down to size." No one ever cut Katharine Hepburn down to size. And it's time we stopped pretending someone did.

A One-night Stand With My Mother

Oral Fixation | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Oral Fixation

All signs pointed toward me being gay, but to my mom and relatives I was just a kid having fun. I was fabulous that night and I knew it; that is, until my father walked in and saw me.

Gay NFL Veteran: 'I Did Not Feel Safe At All' In The Locker Room

Posted 02.13.2014 | Gay Voices

Retired NFL veteran Esera Tuaolo joined HuffPost Live this week to discuss the implications of college football star Michael Sam's coming out. "I...

10 Ways Not to React to Someone's Coming Out

Nathalie Vassallo | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathalie Vassallo

Well, some of us are lucky and do have understanding and supportive friends and mothers. But, for others -- and perhaps the majority -- the reality is a bit different.

What Michael Sam Needs From Us

Jay Dodd | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

As Michael Sam enters the larger public stage, let us offer our support to an exceptional athlete, an eloquent speaker and captivating role model. He has the tools to be a new and impactful face for a cultural change in how we see our athletes, our black men and our queer icons.

WATCH: Here's What To Expect When You Tell Someone You're Gay

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

When the time comes to tell someone that you're gay, the reactions are always going to be a mixed bag depending on your prior relationship with that p...

WATCH: The Amazing Way This Teen Came Out To His Parents

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

When he decided to come out to his parents, gay teen Keanu Williams opted to take the confectionary route. Though it was shot in August 2013, vide...

Gay Men, Straight Marriages: The Lost Generation

William Dameron | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

I have heard from many closeted gay men who are in long term marriages to women. They are part of a generation that has been left behind by the progression in public opinion towards gays and trapped in a time warp that prevents them from making a change.

10 Surprising Reactions To A Straight Spouse Coming Out

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for Shared life, shared bed, shared closet. A spouse coming out changes all of that. It might seem a little crazy, b...

How A Grandfather's Love, Acceptance And Faith Shaped This Gay Man's Life

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for Simple living. Simple faith. Simple love. These are the life lessons my grandfather taught me about judgment, ac...

This Holiday, Share Your Gay Gifts With the World

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

In those pre-internet days, I would scour every book and newspaper in hopes of finding the slightest reference that someone else might be gay like me.

WATCH: What Happens When Teen Secretly Records Coming Out To Mom Is AMAZING

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.12.2013 | Gay Voices

Coming out of the closet to family members can be one of the most difficult and terrifying things a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) teena...

Is My Husband Gay? The Other Side of the Closet

William Dameron | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

It was one of the truest statements I had uttered in 22 years of marriage. I don't want to be gay. I don't want to tear my family apart. I don't want to go to hell. But at the end of all those "don't wants" was a big Want. I want to love and be loved, body and soul.

Why We Need to Talk About Tom Daley

John Forde | Posted 02.05.2014 | Gay Voices
John Forde

The media response to British Olympic diver and teen pin-up Tom Daley announcing this week that he is in a relationship with a man only confirms why we need more coming-out narratives.

Coming Out: Not the Easiest Thing, But the Most Honest Thing I've Ever Done

Dillon Couvillon | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Dillon Couvillon

I know that maybe some of you are surprised, and maybe some of you aren't. I also know that the last time you and I spoke, might be the last time we will ever speak. I know that for some of you, it's only just opened the friendship that we have, and for others maybe unfortunately it just ended the one we had.

Why Lesbian Identity Matters

Mona Shattell | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Mona Shattell

There is a misunderstanding that one way to show one's acceptance of LGBTQ folks is to claim that sexual identity really does not matter.

Gratitude for the Hetrick-Martin Institute

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Most of the kids that the Hetrick-Martin Institute served were kids of color. We black, Puerto Rican, Asian, Indian and biracial kids were finding a way out of no way, creating impromptu families because our real families hated us or no longer claimed us as their own.