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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.

A Year Out Of The Closet

Aaron P. Skiles | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Aaron P. Skiles

This one-year anniversary of my coming out represents me standing firmly for who I am, despite all the family I have lost. It is hard to celebrate when this date will always be a day I remember as the day I said goodbye to my childhood home and every physical reminder of my past life.

I'm A Professional Wrestler. Here's Why I Finally Came Out

Matt Cage | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Cage

I never originally intended to make a public post about my private life. However, with the constant speculation, I felt that it would just be best if I silenced everyone and told the truth publicly. To anyone who has ever been scared of just being real and telling the truth, you shouldn't be.

Neon Trees Front Man Shows Pride for the LGBT Community

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Shira Lazar

"I'm still searching for my people sometimes, but I just think be honest with yourself, because I wasted a lot of time not being honest."

From Queer to Cis: My Story of Privilege and Guilt

Ravishly | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Ravishly

Is this a thing that happens? Do people come out -- or come back out -- as cis? How do you celebrate that? Unbake a cake? Re-wrap the gifts? Or do you mourn it? Do you shake your head at the person you thought you knew before shuffling back to your respective safe spaces, crestfallen?

Every Person and Every Brand Can Change the World

Jim Joseph | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Joseph

In his interview with Diane Sawyer, Bruce Jenner confidently said, "We are going to change the world." Every brand, every business, every person should be thinking the same way.

Discovering Abby And Becoming Myself

Abby Louise Jensen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Abby Louise Jensen

I told them about how difficult and sad my life had been and how I had embarked on a spiritual journey to learn how to be happy. It was that journey that led to me peeling off the layers of fear and shame that had protected and cut me off from the world. Underneath, I discovered Abby.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor: Why Coming Out Matters

Pete Buttigieg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Pete Buttigieg

Being gay isn't something you choose, but you do face choices about whether and how to discuss it. I was well into adulthood before I was prepared to acknowledge the simple fact that I am gay. It took years of struggle for me to recognize that it's just a fact of life, like having brown hair.

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...

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...

Coming Out To The Classroom, A Teacher's Story

Paul Emerich France | Posted 06.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Paul Emerich France

The truth is that being gay isn't something I "do" privately. It's a part of who I am, and it has shaped how I view the world. It develops my understanding of the human condition and dictates the empathic interactions I have with each of my students.

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

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay 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...

Where the Wild Things Aren't

Josh Sabarra | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

These days, even finding an online hook-up takes too long.

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.

Bruce Jenner and the Virgin Mary Show Why Privacy Is Good for You

John Backman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
John Backman

If we maintain an interior life--a heart in which we can treasure things, shielded from public view--it gives us a place to figure things out. We can get used to the changes that keep coming at us.

Out Of The Closet: A Fashion It Girl Shares Her Secret

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 06.29.2015 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

This is the hardest article I've ever had to write because it means putting my biggest secret on display for everyone to see and use to judge me. It's a secret I've guarded for years, a secret I've cried over, a secret I shouldn't be scared to share, but I am.

When All of New York City Held Us

Buster Ross | Posted 06.29.2015 | New York
Buster Ross

Their "baby bag" of hospital supplies sat in the corner, because I was due to make an appearance at any moment. As they drifted to sleep in each other's arms, they dreamed together about who I might be in the world.

My Transgender Life - Sharing Secrets and Releasing the Shame

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 06.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

We now have seen "The Interview" with Bruce Jenner. I can't help but reflect on how similar his journey seems to be to the one I traveled only a few short years ago. However, there is one big difference.

Bruce Jenner: A Hero Once Again

Jim Joseph | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Joseph

It's not easy to come out and share your story, but we all have to do it if we are going to change the world. It certainly wasn't easy for Bruce, as we all now know, but he did it...for himself and for all of us. We are all so fortunate to have a hero (and his family) help us all do the same.

Why We Need To Come Out On Climate Change

Lisa Bennett | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
Lisa Bennett

Only 4 percent of Americans hear people they know talk about climate change on a weekly basis. Is it any wonder that Congress is not treating climate action as a priority?