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Coming Out to Family and Friends

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

Clint Carlisle | Posted 10.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Clint Carlisle

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

A Beautiful Thing Happened When I Came Out To My Grandparents

Amanda Hite | Posted 09.13.2016 | 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.

WATCH: Twins Both Come Out To Their Parents And Catch It All On Camera

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Rarely do coming out stories involve twins making the big announcement together. Luke and Adam Monastero, 21-year-old fraternal twins from Canada, ...

How Did You Tell Your Parents You Were Gay?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

How did you come out to your parents? That's the question posed in this clever new video featuring Kristin and Dannielle from Th...

How My Experience on My Big Fat Revenge Helped Me Realize I'm Gay

Bo Sellers | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bo Sellers

A couple of weeks after I had finished filming the show, I was talking with a female friend. She was telling me about her day, but I wasn't hearing a word she was saying because I was staring at her quizzically, trying to decipher what I was feeling. Then it hit me: I was sexually attracted to her.

The Gay Warrior

James Owens | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Owens

Though we aren't fighting a traditional war, we are soldiers nonetheless, soldiers who, when called upon, will draw their sword to protect the younger ones from the hurt that they once endured, soldiers drafted into an army not by choice but by providence.

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: 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 ...

A Father's Unexpected Response To His Gay Son's Coming Out

Levi A. Miles | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Levi A. Miles

When my dad left to pick up some dinner, my mom, whom I've been out to for almost two years, said, "Your father saw your Facebook status when I left my Facebook up. The cat's out of the bag." You see, I hadn't told him.

Being Gay, Latino and Fearless

Marcos Saldivar | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marcos Saldivar

It's a small effort that by no means deserves praise, but if coming out to my family means preventing even one less oppressed gay person, it's worth facing my feelings of trepidation. It's worth enduring an awkward Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

WATCH: New Youth-Oriented Video On Coming Out -- Cool Or Controversial?

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout


Out-Of-The-Closet Reflections: One Year Later

Troy Roness | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Troy Roness

A year ago I thought that disclosing my sexuality would aid in the healing from my eating disorder and my compulsive exercising. However, looking back, I realize that I was looking at my sexuality all wrong.

Gay Voices Readers: When Did You First Realize You Weren't Straight?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This week, blogger Allison Hope shared a great piece asking, "When Did You Know You Weren't Straight?" Her blog got some great reactions and the conv...

Reframing Masculinity

Daniel Lyons | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Lyons

The experiences these men had navigating complex social networks, confronting cultural ideals of masculinity, and depending on one another for behavioral health information were clearly relevant to my work. I decided then to transfer my proposal from Africa to 176th Street.

The Parent Crap: 10 Tips For Coming Out

Randy Neece | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Randy Neece

If you're heading home for Thanksgiving dinner with the family and thinking this might be the right time to come out to your parents, here are 10 tips to consider as you plan what to say.

Coming Out: Is It All About You?

Wade Davis II | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wade Davis II

Though I can remember almost everything about that day, from my mother's facial expression to her subtle physical responses, only recently have I tried to understand her reactions and consider her feelings throughout my coming-out process.

How I Lost My Grandmother to God and Being Gay

Mikey Rox | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mikey Rox

Eventually, though, I grew up. I wasn't that cherubic ginger grandson on whom they once doted. I went through puberty. I started experimenting sexually. I came out. And that's where this relationship starts to hurt.

The Extended Coming Out

Conor Gaughan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Conor Gaughan

One reason I got so personal last month was because of a powerful statistic that will matter come Nov. 6: Straight people who know gay people are significantly more likely to support LGBT rights, by 20 points in one ABC News/Washington Post poll.

When Unconditional Love Isn't

Mark Olmsted | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Olmsted

If your family rejects a huge part of you, fine, but they don't get to claim they love you unconditionally. And if you let them get away with it, you're not giving them any reason to change.

Off The Ice: Gay Canadian Teen Jock Comes Out On YouTube

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Coming out can be a difficult process for any teenager. According to Scott Heggart, it's even harder when you're an athlete. The Canadian-born Heg...

The Quest For A Truthful Life: One Georgia Woman's Coming Out Battle

East Cobb Patch | Wendy Parker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Shannon Hames rarely betrays emotion as she discusses the painful events that transformed her life, virtually in a flash. She'll tell you, however...

An Unremarkable Holiday

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When people think about LGBT stories and the holidays, some imagine scenes of argument and strife or -- sometimes worse -- tension and polite-acting relatives. Well, this story isn't like that at all. This is the Christmas story of Ryan and Eddie.

The Media's Outing of Queen Latifah

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.16.2011 | Entertainment
Irene Monroe

A failure to contextualize the different social and cultural spheres in which Queen Latifah orbits will always render a misread like the media has done.

Queeries: "Desperately Seeking Sex Online" and "Grandma, I'm Bi"

Steven Petrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Steven Petrow

Hooking up online is all about first impressions and that's why you need to pay such close attention to your screen name, profile, and photos that you post.

Come Out for Yourself - Stay Out for Others

Frank J Miles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank J Miles

Coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT) in the United States is a difficult choice. It takes the American virtues of courage, sheer will, and determination.