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Coming Out

Romanian Orphan Uninvited To Christmas By Adoptive Parents After Coming Out As Gay

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

When Florin Helf was born, he was abandoned by his birth mother in at a Romanian hospital. A long seven and a half years later, Florin ran through an airport into the arms of his new adoptive mother yelling the only English word he knew "Mommy!"

This Trans Man Just Came Out To The World In The Best Way Possible

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.10.2016 | Queer Voices

Coming out as queer isn't a "one and done" experience. Queer people must come out over and over again throughout their lives to many different...

Guns Blazing, Cameras Shooting -- Coming Out in Romania

Ioanina Pavel | Posted 02.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Ioanina Pavel

If there's a fight coming, over the lives of Romania's transgender sons and daughters, Patrick is the one person in the world I'd entrust to lead the charge, with the carnation and the bullhorn both.

Showing Off

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.

Coming Out to Your Partner as Transgender

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

If you're transgender and you're not telling your partner, you are not living a true relationship. You are lying to them. Think about this: If they don't love you for who you really are, then they don't really love you.

Parenting a Transgender Child: Thanks for Outing Me, Mom.

Michelle Spear | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelle Spear

Everywhere I turn there's a new article about transgender youth. As a parent of a transgender child, this is both comforting and anxiety provokin...

An Unconditional Act of Faith -- Rev. Cynthia Meyer Comes Out to Her Methodist Congregation

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

A mere 12 days ago, an extraordinarily brave and faithful soul found herself called by God to declare her own authenticity. She did so publicly in an intentional, courageous and life-changing sermon.

Gay Teen's Mom Takes Out Newspaper Ad to Celebrate His Coming Out

Towleroad | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

One mother was so upset about the repeal of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance that she took out a $200 ad in the city’s daily newspaper to ...

Carol: A Real Love Story?

Joanne Fleisher | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joanne Fleisher

t is not your typical lesbian love story. It lacks some of the passion and hot sex that makes many coming out movies compelling. But, when you encounter a magnetic attraction to someone that will rip your life to shreds, the unfolding of the love story may at first seem understated and unclear. When you are married to a man and your lesbian catalyst appears, anything can happen.

Why Gus Kenworthy Is Glad He Didn't Come Out At The Sochi Olympics

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

Gus Kenworthy was widely praised for opening up about his sexuality in an October ESPN Magazine cover story, but the 24-year-old Olympian...

Why "We All Knew!" Actually Means Nothing When Someone Comes Out

JD Stewart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
JD Stewart

Being gay isn't about your friends telling you they already knew. It's the journey and realization that you get to on your own -- and if some others figure it out before you, then good for them.

"Don't Struggle With Something You Can't Control": Gay Son Receives Sage Advice From Mom

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

My mom essentially was like, "Stop. Don't struggle with something you can't control. I've known you were this way since you were a little kid. There was no place and time that affected you to become gay. You were born that way. God made you this way."

Humility, Colombia, and the Connectedness of the LGBT Community

Chris Tompkins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Tompkins

I think being gay, living in the United States and especially in West Hollywood, we tend to take for granted our freedom and forget our brothers and sisters who live in countries where they could be physically harmed for being who they are.

New Year, Not a New You

Nate Warden | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nate Warden

The biggest, most meaningful changes in our lives, whether of our own volition or simple happenstance, very seldom align to the neatness of our cyclical calendar.

Coming Out As Gay Superheroes: Meet Six LGBT Comic Book Characters

New York Times | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When the mutant superhero Iceman came out last month — thanks to a one-two punch of his prying telepathic teammate and a time-travel vis...

Tolerance from the Top Down: What Coming Out Taught Me About My Company

Mark Curry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Curry

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple and an out gay man, said, "I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifices of others." It's time that every executive, regardless of sexual orientation, becomes a champion for workplace equality.

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...

George Takei Reveals Why He Stayed Closeted For So Long

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

George Takei, currently starring in the Broadway musical "Allegiance," inspired by his own family’s struggles as Japanese-Americans who were in...

18 Stars Who Came Out In 2015 (But You Probably Didn't Hear About It)

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In 2015, coming out still matters. The more people who share their true and authentic identities, the more chances to erase outdated and false stereot...

Critically Queer: Being a Gay Student in the Humanities

Christian Lewis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christian Lewis

Although I had studied humanities my entire life, once I got to college and came out as gay, I looked at these subjects in completely different ways.

'Fun Home' Discusses Coming Out

Christian Lewis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christian Lewis

In more ways than one this is a very important musical for women, for feminism and for lesbians. This inspiring, nuanced and most importantly, autobiographical work helps to prove the legitimacy and skill of women in Broadway as well as spread awareness about lesbian experiences and narratives.

Advice for a Parent Whose Child Just Told Them They Are Transgender

Harvey Katz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Harvey Katz

How many parents gripe about their children not sharing their lives with them? Your kid just risked everything so they could be their authentic self every time you are together. That is magical.

Gays and the Holidays

Donovan Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donovan Thompson

My family is amazing; they are some of the most beautiful people in the world, but it appears that we are out of time. We can't pretend anymore. The reality is that their beloved "Don" is gay.

"These White Gay Guys Are Coming to Take All Our Jobs." Workplace Discrimination in the Mayor's Office

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

James Felton Keith went back to his hometown of Detroit to help rebuild the city after it went bankrupt. On his first day working in the new mayor's office, a colleague was giving him a tour of the office when two gay men walked by and were introduced. After they left, James was shocked at what he heard from his colleague:

Is It Now Harder To Come Out As Gay... Or Evangelical?

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

A conservative researcher thinks it is harder to come out as a Christian in the United States nowadays than it is to come out as gay. Ryan And...