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Coming Out of the Closet

Is It Okay to Out Someone?

James Owens | Posted 07.22.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Over the course of my life I have come across a number of closet cases, each with their own range of reasons for hiding their true self; every excuse becoming more and more absurd with every step toward equality. Come on people, it's 2015!

Why Ian McKellen Says Using Facebook Is Like Coming Out Of The Closet

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 07.13.2015 | Gay Voices

One big difference between Ian McKellen and his "Mr. Holmes" co-star Laura Linney is that while Linney doesn't use social media, McKellen has develope...

B*got vs. F@ggot

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Catholic Vote has created a video, "Not Alone," in opposition to last week's Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex couples the right to marry. On their website, they tell us that the video is about "6 courageous young people" who want to "tell the world" that they are not afraid to express their views against same-sex marriage. This video is offensive. Here's why.

Curtis M. Wong

A Look At Ethics Of Gay Sex Games, Power Play On The NYC Stage

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Playwright David Rhodes hopes "Consent," his new off-Broadway drama, sheds light on intimate aspects of gay relationships that have yet to be explored...

Underwear Models Share Their Coming Out Stories... In Their Underwear

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but Pride month is already here. In recognition of Queer Pride 2015, underwear designer Andrew Christian sat do...

Now THIS Is How You Come Out To Your Grandma

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.04.2015 | Gay Voices

Coming out is complicated -- no matter where on the queer spectrum you fall. In order to make the process of coming out of the closet easier for ot...

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.

This High School Football Player Came Out In A Hilarious Way

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.05.2015 | Gay Voices

In a telling move of the times that we live in, Sean Warren, a high school football player at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona, came out in No...

After Coming Out, This Chinese Gay Man Was Treated Like An Outcast By His Parents Until...

HuffPost Germany | Anna Bachhuber | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices

Note: This post was originally published on HuffPost Germany and was translated into English. It was adapted for an American audience. “Will y...

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.

Want To Come Out? Here's A Song You Can Send Your Loved Ones

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices

What's the "best way" to come out? This is a complicated question and one uniquely personal to every individual who identifies along the spectrum o...

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...

Coming Out: I Am a Man

Barrett Pall | Posted 04.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Barrett Pall

Throughout this process I've left Barrett the boy and have become Barrett the man. A man who released the shame he felt for wanting to love another man. A man who addressed issues that were holding him back. A man who has started to live authentically. A real man.

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 Gay Guy's Guide To Coming Out

Rob Smith | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

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

I'm a Lesbian Married to a Man

Amanda C. | Posted 03.12.2015 | 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 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.

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.