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Coming Out

One Year Later, Gay Teen Reflects On Family's Horrifyingly Violent Reaction To Coming Out

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.04.2015 | Gay Voices

One year after a disturbing video documenting a family's reaction to a gay man's coming out went viral, the victim on the receiving end of t...

Dear Matt Damon,

Harry Cook | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Harry Cook

Perhaps instead of a world where actors need to keep quiet about who they love, we could start a movement where people just accept that everyone is different and that's ok.

She Kissed Me!

Terri Flamer | Posted 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Terri Flamer

In the tenth grade, I met Sarah. In a matter of weeks we became best friends. We met every day in the public library to study. We talked on the phone for hours every night. One night while we were talking, I told Sarah that I loved her.

Call Me Harvey

Harvey Katz | Posted 09.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Harvey Katz

When somebody announces "I am..." it is a bold statement. It's not a question and it's not a request. We may not get to declare it while looking stunning on a cover of a magazine, but still it deserves a listen. So open your ears and your heart, and when you open your mouth, do so with an open mind.

Michael Sam Believes He'd Be In The NFL Now If He Hadn't Come Out

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.28.2015 | Gay Voices

Michael Sam believes he'd be playing in the NFL right now if he hadn't come out as gay when he did. Sam, 25, told sportscaster Dan Patr...

My Experience of Coming Out in Kentucky...

Whitney Kay Bacon | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Whitney Kay Bacon

My wife Megan and I live our lives out and proud on the internet as a married lesbian couple. However, life was not always this way for me. I came out when I was 15 years old in a very small conservative town in Kentucky. It was one of the hardest things I ever did, but one of the best decisions I ever made.

Coming Out as Straight Is Harder Than You Think

Nate Warden | Posted 09.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Nate Warden

Cecilio, or Cecil for short, is a friend of mine from Toronto. He's well-dressed, a wonderful lunch date and he also happens to be a trans man. As such, his experience as a member of the LGBTQ community is different than most that I encounter as a gay man.

Princeton Football Player Comes Out Just Days Before Kickoff

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.16.2015 | Gay Voices

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How My Rights in This Country Will Change By the End of This Article

Sarah Hashemi | Posted 09.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Hashemi

Despite the liberal steps forward our country has seen over the last year, discrimination persists. As a result, something so personal, so consequential to ones happiness, becomes a defining characteristic through which our society views you.

LGBT People Reveal The ONE Thing They Wish They'd Known Before Coming Out

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.07.2015 | Gay Voices

  For many, coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is still a significant and challenging rite-of-passage. Of course, identi...

The Inspirational Friendship That Helped This Young Gay Kid Be Out And Proud

The Huffington Post | Elisabeth Brier | Posted 09.06.2015 | Gay Voices

Twelve-year-old lacrosse player Braeden Lange struggled when he was first coming out as gay at such a young age. His father, although accept...

Fashionably Late: A Lifeline For Older Men Coming Out

William Dameron | Posted 09.05.2015 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

The closet seems like a vestige from a darker time. Many young LGBT people never experienced the repression, but there is an older generation of men who closed the door decades ago and now find themselves tentatively stepping out into a terrifying world. They often feel alone.

Transgender Cinderella: A Man, the Stroke of Midnight and Genitalia

Zoe Dolan | Posted 08.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

I always dreaded what I sought most: a moment of intimacy. At that point my coach would turn back into a pumpkin and my gown would disappear in an instant.

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.