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Coming Out

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 05.01.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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?

Time to Start Over Again

Joanne Fleisher | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Joanne Fleisher

When Judy, my partner of 31 years, died and left me alone in my mid-sixties, I knew I was facing yet another new start. How will I handle this?

6 Months After Tim Cook, LGBT Leaders Are Redefining Being Out and Successful

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 04.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonathan D. Lovitz

Ever since Tim's coming out, I have been talking with the press about what kind of a game changer this was and what all this visibility means for a soon-to-be post marriage equality (crossing fingers) America. It was a game changer, trust me.

Born This Way

Sue Carswell | Posted 04.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Sue Carswell

All that was dirty, scuffed, and gray is now virgin white. Fresh glistening snow has softly but relentlessly covered Manhattan, blanketing its streets.

Coming Out at 3 Years Old?

Sue Carswell | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Sue Carswell

I wore baby blue, and Jimmy was forced to wear my pink pajamas when we were about 2 and 3 growing up in upstate, New York.

'Coming Out' as a Spoonie

Sophie Cowley | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Sophie Cowley

If you know what a "spoonie" is, then odds are you may be one yourself. A spoonie can refer to any individual who suffers from a chronic illness. The term originated from a post written by Christine Miserandino entitled The Spoon Theory.

This High School Football Player Came Out In A Hilarious Way

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.05.2015 | Gay Voices

In a telling move of the times that we live in, Sean Warren, a high school football player at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona, came out in No...

Today I Passed as Straight

Rev. Martha Spong | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Martha Spong

Today, I passed as straight. Sometimes, no matter how hard I try to not have it be a thing, being queer is a thing. It's a truism of coming out that some of us don't "look" queer, and that means we have to come out more often, because otherwise no one will know.

After Coming Out, This Chinese Gay Man Was Treated Like An Outcast By His Parents Until...

HuffPost Germany | Anna Bachhuber | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices

Note: This post was originally published on HuffPost Germany and was translated into English. It was adapted for an American audience. “Will y...

What's It Like to Be Deaf and Gay? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

What's it like to navigate the gay world when you're deaf? Richard Mesich shares his story, beginning with his coming-out experience.

What Happens When A Gay Spouse Comes Out In A Straight Marriage

Jason Howe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Jason Howe

For Trevor it was the culmination of years of a growing awareness of his sexual orientation. While he had experienced boyhood crushes on other boys, he always had a girl on his arm and had never dated a man.

This Trans 13-Year-Old Is Our New Hero.. And When You See This He'll Be Yours Too

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

This just made our week. Tom Sosnik may only be 13-years-old, but the articulate teen has a more solid grasp on his sense of self than many adults ...

Pay Attention Queens: Why the Oklahoma Fraternity Fiasco Should Matter to Us

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

It seems clear to me that here we have an example of the kind of institution that excludes us. We can see the mechanisms of exclusion and the culture from which they stem. We see that we are not the only ones excluded and should speak up for each other.

Gay Man Recounts Coming Out to His Devout Muslim Father (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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LGBTQ Kids Blossoming and Living Their Truths at Camp

Jenna Tenn-Yuk | Posted 05.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Jenna Tenn-Yuk

When I think about the young people who go to Camp Ten Oaks and Project Acorn (Ten Oaks' other camp for youth), my heart is filled with so much joy. These young people can experience community, belonging and live their truths. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have those experiences.

Feeling Russell Tovey (Why I Strut)

Patrick Roth | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Patrick Roth

For much of my life, I have taken what I was born with, mixed it with what the world has given me and crafted the man that everyone else sees. I've also learned to like who I am, regardless of how others see me. That's really no different than what Russell Tovey did.

Vine's Gay Love Comments

Jeffrey Marsh | Posted 05.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Marsh

There are far fewer hate comments than there are love comments. As Ms. Swift said, haters gonna hate. But it may be nice to know that lovers gonna love, too. I'm serious.