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Coming Out

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.

The 3 Sides To My Coming Out Story

Posted 06.15.2015 | Teen

In honor of Pride Month, HuffPost Young Voices is highlighting the coming out stories of teens and those in their early 20s. Was it a life-changing mo...

I'm OK With Strangers Knowing I'm Gay, But Not My Family

Posted 06.17.2015 | Teen

In honor of Pride Month, HuffPost Young Voices is highlighting the coming out stories of teens and those in their early 20s. Was it a life-changing mo...

What I Wish I Could Have Told My 11-Year-Old Closeted Self

Posted 06.10.2015 | Teen

In honor of Pride Month, HuffPost Young Voices is highlighting the coming out stories of teens and those in their early 20s. Was it a life-changing mo...

Here's What It Means To Be A Demi-Romantic Asexual Agender Teen

Posted 06.08.2015 | Teen

In honor of Pride Month, HuffPost Young Voices is highlighting the coming out stories of teens and those in their early 20s. Was it a life-changing mo...

Underwear Models Share Their Coming Out Stories... In Their Underwear

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but Pride month is already here. In recognition of Queer Pride 2015, underwear designer Andrew Christian sat do...

Now THIS Is How You Come Out To Your Grandma

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.04.2015 | Gay Voices

Coming out is complicated -- no matter where on the queer spectrum you fall. In order to make the process of coming out of the closet easier for ot...

Student Comes Out In Graduation Speech After Another In A Different School Is Barred

AP | DONNA BRYSON | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices

DENVER (AP) — A high school valedictorian received a standing ovation when she came out as gay during her graduation speech in the Colorado mountain...

Coming Out To The Classroom, A Teacher's Story

Paul Emerich France | Posted 06.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Paul Emerich France

The truth is that being gay isn't something I "do" privately. It's a part of who I am, and it has shaped how I view the world. It develops my understanding of the human condition and dictates the empathic interactions I have with each of my students.