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Coming Out

Changing the World One Coming Out Story at a Time

Nate Warden | Posted 08.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Nate Warden

It was an emotional experience the night I came out to my family, but those painful few hours were nothing compared to the decade of denial and exhausting deceit I had endured up until then.

Photographer Comes Out To Her Family And Documents Their Reactions

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.24.2015 | Arts

Photographer Paola Paredes likes girls. She has since an early age. Growing up in Ecuador, however, Paredes became accustomed to keeping th...

Silencing the Screaming Queens: Roland Emmerich's 'Stonewall' and the Erasure of Queer Rage

Colin Walmsley | Posted 08.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Colin Walmsley

While middle-class white gays and lesbians picketed the White House wearing suits and skirts, trans women of color threw their heels at police officers and taunted the cops by forming kick-lines and singing raunchy songs. While assimilation-oriented gays pleaded with the queer community for peace in Greenwich Village, enraged queers used parking meters as battering rams to break down the door of the Stonewall Inn and reclaim their safe space from the mob and the police.

Kristen Stewart Doesn't Owe You a 'Coming Out' Speech

The Daily Dot | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

Stewart turns the question back on the asker, pointedly making us collectively wonder, "Why do we care so much about who she's sleeping with? What does it change about how we perceive her whether she's dating a man or a woman?"

13 Vloggers Who Perfected The Art Of Coming Out On YouTube

The Next Family | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.16.2015 | Gay Voices

 Coming out. We all know what that phrase means. We don’t wonder if someone is “coming out of the bathroom” or if a debutante ...

This Is Why Shame Isn't Working For You

Jeffrey Marsh | Posted 08.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Marsh

If we're going to be accepted by the world, we've got to learn to accept ourselves first. And to do that, we need to get over feeling bad. If we're going to do it, if we're going to give up feeling bad, we need to dispense with this foolish notion that shame and feeling bad are helping.

How My Trans Son Found The Language To Tell Me Who He Really Is

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 08.05.2015 | Gay Voices

For an LGBT person, the path to understanding one's identity and sexuality is often difficult and confusing. Even finding the rights words t...

What Happened After I Watched Brokeback Mountain With My Straight Father

Michael Lambert | Posted 08.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Lambert

Fast forward to that smoky, lazy evening, and my father was about to watch his first gay movie with his very gay son. We had circled the issue like branches floating by on creek water. Now, apparently, was our time to dive in.

Dear Straight Men, Come Out Already

Mason Hsieh | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

Apparently, they called it a "bro-job," which referred to the oral sex the male rowers occasionally engaged in with one another in the showers back in high school.

For Famous Rhodes Twins, Helping LGBT Youth Is Now a Family Affair

Jim Key | Posted 07.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Key

Fresh from celebrating the historic marriage equality victory on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron and Austin Rhodes -- the twins well-known for their recent and emotional YouTube video in which they came out to their dad -- visited the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

What Pride, Obergefell and Taylor Swift Have In Common

Conor Gaughan | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Conor Gaughan

I think I'll listen to Taylor Swift each June from here on out to celebrate and commemorate what I saw at the concert -- and to remind myself what Pride is all about.

Will Marriage Open the Closet Door?

Joanne Fleisher | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Joanne Fleisher

What happened to Terry Mutchler? In her gripping memoir, Under This Beautiful Dome, the voice I hear is weak, barely audible. This isn't the woman I know as a friend and outspoken human rights advocate.

Jenny's Wedding

Robyn Vie Carpenter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Robyn Vie Carpenter

This film was really about awakening. Each character had their own awakening. Each was set on a new path because Jenny wanted to finally be honest about her life and her love.

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...

10 Charming Cards To Send Your Friend Who Just Came Out

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 07.09.2015 | Gay Voices

Coming out is never easy. However, for individuals who have never loved or been close to a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGB...

YouTube Comedian Comes Out As Bisexual

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay 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...

Coming Out When You're in the Biggest 'Bro' Frat on Campus

Kevin Coop | Posted 07.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Coop

I was a closeted 18-year-old in the midst of pledging the biggest 'bro' fraternity on campus. Now what?

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.