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Chef Rossi | Posted 02.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Chef Rossi

She looked like a punk rock Audrey Hepburn with crayon red hair. She was the first woman I ever met who wore leather pants. She played bass guitar in a punk band called Jade, and she was cast as one of the evil stepsisters. I thought she was just about the coolest person I'd ever met.

104 LGBT People In Sports Who Came Out Publicly In 2015

Outsports | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Another year, another hundred or so stories of LGBT people in sports. It's become a hallmark of Outsports to tell these stories and highlight the acce...

Mom, I Always Knew You Were a Lesbian

Lori Sokol | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lori Sokol

It had been six years since I delicately disclosed to my teenage son that I was dating a woman for the very first time. But my surprise announcement was quickly eclipsed by his sardonic response. "Mom, I always knew you were a lesbian!" he quipped, without a hint of surprise.

Here's What Happens When A Gay Entrepreneur Comes Out

Jonathan Li | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathan Li

Being a gay entrepreneur in the closet sucks. You fear that you may lose the biggest client after coming out. You feel uncomfortable about being yourself. You feel like hiding part of yourself.

Does 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Have A Hidden Message In It?

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

The lyrics of "Bohemian Rhapsody" may have included Freddie Mercury's coming out. In an interview with the Daily Mail, lyricist Tim Rice, who worked ...

Kicked Out of the Closet: How Two Letters Changed My Life

Clint Carlisle | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Clint Carlisle

The letters set out to incite hatred, judgment and division within my family, but thankfully the exact opposite has occurred.

YouTube Star Trevor Moran Comes Out

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Social media star and former "X-Factor" hopeful Trevor Moran has come out as gay.  Moran, 17, released a music video for his new song, ...

A Beautiful Thing Happened When I Came Out To My Grandparents

Amanda Hite | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amanda Hite

When I think about the type of unconditional love we hope to receive from others when we come out and the type of unconditional love we hope to share with another for the rest of our lives, I think of my grandparents. That's the type of love we come out for.

The Inspirational Friendship That Helped This Young Gay Kid Be Out And Proud

The Huffington Post | Elisabeth Brier | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Twelve-year-old lacrosse player Braeden Lange struggled when he was first coming out as gay at such a young age. His father, although accept...

Fashionably Late: A Lifeline For Older Men Coming Out

William Dameron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
William Dameron

The closet seems like a vestige from a darker time. Many young LGBT people never experienced the repression, but there is an older generation of men who closed the door decades ago and now find themselves tentatively stepping out into a terrifying world. They often feel alone.

WATCH: 5 LGBT Celebrities Share Their Coming-Out Stories

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The process of coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or any other non-heteronormative sexual identity can be both daunting and cathartic. Even after mu...

YouTube Comedian Comes Out As Bisexual

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

YouTube comedy sensation Shane Dawson came out as bisexual in a heartfelt video to his fans on Tuesday. Dawson, who has more than 6 million subscri...

The 3 Sides To My Coming Out Story

Posted 06.15.2015 | Teen

In honor of Pride Month, HuffPost Young Voices is highlighting the coming out stories of teens and those in their early 20s. Was it a life-changing mo...

I'm OK With Strangers Knowing I'm Gay, But Not My Family

Posted 06.17.2015 | Teen

In honor of Pride Month, HuffPost Young Voices is highlighting the coming out stories of teens and those in their early 20s. Was it a life-changing mo...

What I Wish I Could Have Told My 11-Year-Old Closeted Self

Posted 06.10.2015 | Teen

In honor of Pride Month, HuffPost Young Voices is highlighting the coming out stories of teens and those in their early 20s. Was it a life-changing mo...

Here's What It Means To Be A Demi-Romantic Asexual Agender Teen

Posted 06.08.2015 | Teen

In honor of Pride Month, HuffPost Young Voices is highlighting the coming out stories of teens and those in their early 20s. Was it a life-changing mo...

Now THIS Is How You Come Out To Your Grandma

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

Mom's Reaction To Her Daughter Coming Out Is Absolutely Perfect

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Everyone's coming out is different. For 22-year-old Bri Johnson, her lesbian identity didn't seem to be a huge surprise for her mother -- as we can...

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

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

This Guy Finally Found The Courage To Come Out To His Dad And The Response Is Beautiful

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

Sean Bailey had already come out as gay to the rest of his family when he finally decided to come out to his father. In May 2013, Bailey made head...

Coming Out: I Am a Man

Barrett Pall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

What Is Even More Powerful Than Coming Out?

David Fleischer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Fleischer

It turns out that our willingness to listen as well as talk -- a combination we can call Coming Out 2.0 -- not only affects those who are conflicted about LGBT people or prejudiced against us. It also keeps their hearts and minds changed for a long time.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.