iOS app Android app

Coming Out

Life Coach Zachary Koval Discusses Finding Personal Acceptance Through His Queerness

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 02.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

Zachary Koval is a busy man: He's a personal trainer and life coach, primarily helping people with coming out or switching to a plant-based diet. We sat down to chat on a cold New York afternoon.

What I Thought and How I Lied: Coming Out to New Friends

Molly Sprayregen | Posted 02.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Molly Sprayregen

Everyone is going through something, and nobody is looking for perfect friends. We are just looking for people with whom we can bond over a mutual lack of clarity.

New Rock Musical Out Of My Comfort Zone Spotlights Bullying and Gender Identity

Holly Cara Price | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Holly Cara Price

I spoke to the cast at rehearsals last month and marveled as the production evolved before my eyes into a singing, dancing powerhouse punctuated by dialogue that rings true and real.

Want To Come Out? Here's A Song You Can Send Your Loved Ones

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices

What's the "best way" to come out? This is a complicated question and one uniquely personal to every individual who identifies along the spectrum o...

Demons of Perfection

Barrett Pall | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Barrett Pall

Whether it's your weight, your sexuality, issues with your parents, or whatever it is that you beat yourself up for deep down inside, know that you're not perfect. You'll never be perfect. You're not supposed to be perfect. But you will be ok.

My Transgender Life - Hard Choices That Were Not Only Mine

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I was 63-years-old and never could say the word out loud. I was afraid that if I dared to utter it -- if the word actually formed and left my lips, it would make it true -- and then -- my life would be over.

Carson Kressley On How He Felt 'Flawed' For Being Gay

OWN | Posted 02.21.2015 | OWN

With his one-of-a-kind personality, trademark humor and bold sense of style, Carson Kressley was destined to be a star. But as outgoing and confident ...

Skin and Bones in the Closet

Zoe Dolan | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

I kept silent about my sex change for several years. I knew only one other transgender lawyer, and she was already established. There were no role models to help me believe it was possible to open up without jeopardizing my career. I feared losing the life ring that my job provided for my soul. But no woman is an island.

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

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay 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...

New Study Examines The Lifelong Impact Of Coming Out At A Young Age

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have better self esteem and less depression as y...

This Transgender Man Came Out to His Girlfriend. Her Response Will Make Your Heart Swell. (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-02-10-20150207MitchKellawaysmall.jpgLike many couples, Mitch and Jocelyn met on an online dating site. There was only one difference: Mitch was still presenting as a lesbian, having buried his transgender identity when he was 17.

This Is How We Win

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

You may feel like your future is slipping from your grasp, that if you don't rush now to greet your dreams you might lose out on them, but please wait. If you are coming from an unsupportive environment with regards to your sexual orientation, the best thing to do is to establish your independence.

Being Mugged At Gunpoint Helped This Trans Man Find His True Self

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.05.2015 | Gay Voices

When author Thomas Page McBee first sat down to pen his experience of being mugged at gunpoint in 2010, he thought the focus would be on what occurred...

Coming Out: I Am a Man

Barrett Pall | Posted 02.05.2015 | Gay 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.

I'm Coming Out -- as Me

Corey Prachniak | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Corey Prachniak

I'm writing this post today to come out, even if I'm still processing how I feel. I do so with the self-serving purposes of feeling validated and relieved, of seeking guidance and support, and of putting others on notice so that maybe I can feel more respected.

5 Fears About Coming Out Later In Life

Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay 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...

The Time My Boss Outed Me

Brad Wheelis | Posted 01.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Brad Wheelis

Embarrassed, humiliated, shocked and even shamed. Those are some of the emotions I felt when my jackass of a boss outed me many years ago. I'm proud to say that I've been out of the closet for several years now, and feel no shame, but it was a long and sometimes painful road.

The Gay Guy's Guide To Coming Out

Rob Smith | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

Tip #1 - don't do it during the holidays!

Of LGBT Youth and Their Parents

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

No one who has ever come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to their family, particularly their parents, will ever forget that life-altering moment. Sometimes the connective thread will be cut; other times that bond will be deepened, enriched by this new reality.

What Is Even More Powerful Than Coming Out?

David Fleischer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay 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.

"Coming Out" in Hollywood.

Harry Cook | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Harry Cook

I've been thinking a lot lately about the choice actors or actresses have when they decide to "come out" publicly. When I did it, I got a lot of people genuinely asking why is it necessary? I'd had discussions often about the fact that straight people needn't "come out" and a personal life is personal, so why bother saying anything.

Learning to Love My Selfie: Confessions of a Supposedly Psychopathic, Narcissistic Gay Man

William Dameron | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

I probably post more selfies to social-media accounts than the average male. According to a recent study this would indicate that I may be more inclined toward psychopathic and narcissistic tendencies with a dash of self-objectification thrown in for good measure. I suppose that's fine by me, considering that, not so long ago, I despised the face staring back in the mirror.

WATCH: Teen Twins Both Come Out To Father And Catch The Emotional Moment On Film

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices

YouTube personalities Austin and Aaron Rhodes have had a significant social media following since they began loading clips to their channel nearly six...

How to Respond When Someone Asks You to Stop Flaunting Your Homosexuality Online

Kevin Thornton | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

This "stop flaunting it" sentiment really gets my big gay goat. Being gay isn't some weird hobby. It's not a penis fetish. (Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan.) It's who I am. My sexuality runs a thread through every part of my being, just as it does for all people both gay and straight.

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Trauma

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Diriye Osman

Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The real...