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Coming Out of the Closet

So I've Come Out to My Christian Parents... Now What? Part 2: Things to Remember About Yourself as an Adult Child

Linda Robertson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Linda Robertson

I want to remind you of some things that you are probably going to have to remind yourself of many times as you work through this with your parents, especially if they aren't proving to be as accepting and affirming as you had wished, and even more so if they are downright cruel.

Make Coming Out Easier With This... Trophy?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Ever wish your coming out moment could've been a little... easier? What if you could have told your parents with a card or a... trophy? That's the ...

Coming Out in Boston in 1969

Thom Nickels | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Thom Nickels

In Boston in 1969, homosexuals were everywhere, but the trouble was finding them. I did a lot of walking around Boston on weekend nights trying to do just that. I was in the city as a 19-year-old conscientious objector fulfilling my alternate service work contract in lieu of military service.

Unlikely Hero

Mark Hoelterhoff | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Hoelterhoff

As a parent, every part of you, every fiber of your being, is designed to protect your children, keep them from pain, shield them from hurt, and never, ever inflict suffering on their precious hearts. It is that protective spirit that kept me in the closet for so long.

New Study Reveals Surprising Effect 'The Simpsons' Has Had On Gay Men

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Who knew Homer Simpson was a trailblazer? A new study suggests "The Simpsons" series has helped gay men come out and changed the perception of hom...

Michelangelo Signorile

Is A U.S. Congressman About To Be Outed?

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Prominent gay blogger Mike Rogers, who became widely known for revealing the homosexuality of closeted gay politicians in the early 2000s, was reporte...

Coming Out to Family -- Six of Them, and All Mine

Judy Rickard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Rickard

I lost Mom to cancer in 1992. Dad lasted more than a decade without her and passed in 2003. I thought I wouldn't come out to family anymore after that, but life has a funny way of shaking you up.

LOOK: How One Man Came Out To His Friends On Facebook

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Coming out of the closet as gay can be a challenging process for many people, but one Facebook user took a very clever approach. Reddit user RyanS...

WATCH: 20 Ways To Tell The World You're Gay

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

YouTube vlogger Jonathan Russell -- who goes by Russ and is affectionately known as "Your Favorite Gay Marine" -- and his boyfriend Matt are back with...

When I Knew I Was Gay, From Jane Lynch (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | Home

When Jane Lynch joined me on Mondays With Marlo, we spoke about when she realized she was gay. Jane told me that when she was 12 years old, her family...

What I'd Say To A Parent With A Gay Child, From Jane Lynch (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | Home

Jane Lynch gave advice to parents with gay children when she joined me on Mondays With Marlo this week. It can be so difficult to come out to your fam...

Ben Rimalower Discusses Coming Out and Patti Lupone (VIDEO)

Marti Gould Cummings | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marti Gould Cummings

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The Pressure to Come Out

Daniel Davidson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Davidson

With such rapid national progress energizing an already liberal community like New York, there is immense pressure here on people to come out before they're ready, a pressure that comes from both LGBT and straight people. But consider recent events in our normally welcoming metropolis.

Coming Out of the Closet, One Letter at a Time

Amy Hollingsworth | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amy Hollingsworth

The letters, and the confessions, continued for 10 years past high school. Between our two worlds there was joy and pain, a heartbreak and a marriage, thoughts of suicide, the birth of a child -- all confided on paper, all put down in black and white. Then John died unexpectedly.

The Personal Is Political: Why Coming Out Matters

Dr. Darcy Sterling | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Darcy Sterling

You have a fundamental obligation (as we all do) to make this world a safer place. If you can't find the strength to come out for yourself, do it for the kid in Tennessee who sees no "normal" role model of gay life because, like you, so many people value "privacy" above social obligation.

The Courage to Come Out

Walt Hawkins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Walt Hawkins

Before Jason Collins revealed that he is gay, I suppose I'd never really pondered the amount of courage it takes, even in this day and age, to come out of the closet. And it does take more than a fair amount.

How I Learned to Be Gay: Almost Everything I Learned in Life I Learned While Working at a Gay Magazine

Benjamin Solomon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Benjamin Solomon

The year following graduation was a bit of a lost one as I tried to finally come to terms with my new identity. But nothing really clicked until I got a job at Next Magazine. Suddenly, my world had direction.

How to Tell Your Partner You're Transgender

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

Finding a mate who can love and accept you as you will unfortunately not come easily. Like any person, you will have to deal with rejection, heartbreak and disappointment, but don't be dismayed, because love is out there, and you can find it.

WATCH: After 20 Years Of Marriage, Husband And Wife Both Come Out Of Closet

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In a recent HuffPost Gay Voices blog post, doctor and author Danielle Kaufman wrote about the day when she, still living as a man, learned her wife is...

The British Obsession With Gay Footballers

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Dhesi

It's often referred to as one of the last gay taboos in Britain: an out gay professional footballer. But why does a large proportion of the gay (and straight) media, as well as a large section of society in general, seem to be obsessed with the prospect of an out pro footballer?

WATCH: Adorable Animated Short Tells Cartoonist's Coming Out Story

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Have you ever tried coming out to a friend while you're hundreds of feet in the air and riding a roller coaster? Cartoonist Hamish Steele did and ...

From the Archives: How Coming Out in Professional Sports Has Changed Over the Last 30 Years

Jamie Scot | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jamie Scot

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives has been busy this week clearing a space for Jason Collins in our LGBT Archival Sports collection alongside the likes of Billy Jean King, Martina Navratilova, and John Amechi, among others.

Why Coming Out Benefits Straight People As Much As Gay People

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Coming out isn't just healthy, necessary and liberating for gay people; everyone else benefits as well. Lies are destructive, not only to the person telling them but to everyone else who becomes collateral damage.

My First Time

Tom Judson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tom Judson

It happened during a student/teacher conference when I was barely 18. Now, before you get your hopes up, I'm not about to divulge that the scene in Through the Woods where I sternly discipline a quartet of truant schoolboys is based on personal experience. This is about a different first time.

A Brief Response To Keli Goff On Outing Closeted People

Ariel Chesler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ariel Chesler

Goff is absolutely right that no one should ever be "outed" against his or her will. I also agree that the right to privacy should be extended equally to both straight and gay Americans. However, a missing piece of the puzzle here is straight privilege.