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What Being a Rabbi's Son Taught Me About Being a Better Dad

Jon Raj | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Jon Raj

I was two-years-old when everything changed. My father, who was not yet 30, was a rabbi at a synagogue in Budapest. After multiple harassments, he decided with my mother that America would be a much better place to practice freedom of religion and raise a family.

Can Coming Out Actually Get Better With Age?

Posted 07.10.2014 | Gay Voices

By Mary Malia for YourTango.com Although a lot of progress has been made in the fight for equality, coming out of the closet is still a hard experi...

Musician And Former Athlete Will Sheridan Opens Up About Coming Out And More

Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices

This month, Akil Patterson of Athlete Ally sat down with Will Sheridan as he prepared to host one of New York’s hottest events, Westgay. Will was al...

'The Gay-friendliest Writer in Television' Comes Out in His 50s

Neal Baer, M.D. | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Neal Baer, M.D.

I'm gay. There, I said it, and it only took five decades. When I told my son Caleb, who's in college, 10 months ago, he asked, "It took you this long to figure it out?" "No," I said. "It took me this long to say it." "Oh," he replied. "Where do you want to go for dinner?"

How Punk Music Empowered a Queer Youth (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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The Dazzling Story of an Older, Gay, Caribbean Dandy

Diriye Osman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

By writing directly in the voice of an older, gay Caribbean man, Bernardine Evaristo, who's British-Nigerian and a woman, has executed an extraordinary act of ventriloquism that crosses gender boundaries as well as racial, cultural, sexual and linguistic differences.

A Bleeding Heart...

Craig Stewart | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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Why Coming Out Is Good Business

Lord John Browne | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business
Lord John Browne

An environment in which people feel comfortable enough to come out at work is good for employees and it is good for business. To create that environment, business leaders must set a clear tone from the top.

For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Not Enough

Diriye Osman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

When I was a kid growing up in Kenya, I imagined that one day I would step out of the closet and find a sense of brotherhood and belonging in the beautiful, rainbow flag-waving LGBT community. But the reality differed a great deal from my dreams.

It Might Be A 'Great Time To Be Gay,' But Grindr Survey Reveals Discrimination Fears

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Eighty-two percent of gay and bisexual men who use the popular social app Grindr are out and proud, but 18 percent of those users have yet to come out...

The Season of Coming Out

Caroline Catlin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Caroline Catlin

I hope that someday, coming out will be as simple and casual as sharing any other facts about my life. That's what keeps me going, keeps me telling others what I once swore I would take to my grave.

Glass Ceiling. Glass Closet. Glass Cubicle. This Is living?

Rick Clemons | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rick Clemons

Scary as it might seem to break the Windex shine on the windows of our lives, often, that breakage is the exact medicine we need to catapult our lives into a new realm of inner peace, happiness and self-awareness in order to achieve the ultimate "AL" -- Authentic Life!

A Year Out of the Closet

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

A year ago, I nervously boarded a flight from Kennedy airport in New York to Portland, Oregon. I would be attending the LGBT Sports Coalition's Summit hosted by Nike. Over 50 leaders in the LGBT sports world would embrace me and change my life forever.

S. Chris Shirley's Playing By The Book -- A Young Man's Story of Scripture and Self-Acceptance

Eddie Sarfaty | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Eddie Sarfaty

In his debut novel, Playing by the Book, released this month by Magnus Books, S. Chris Shirley introduces readers to small-town preacher's son Jake Po...

For Matthew Shepard and His Family

Enrique Torre Molina | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Enrique Torre Molina

At the end of my first year in college, just when I began to come out to my family and friends, I read about a young man in the United States, Matthew Shepard, who had been brutally murdered for being gay. This shocked me for many reasons -- first, because I identified with a few of Matthew's traits.

Who Was the First Person to Ever Thank a Same-Sex Partner on a Nationally Televised Awards Show? (AUDIO/VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

John Glines, the producer who won the 1983 Tony Award for Best Play (Torch Song Trilogy), explains how he came to produce the show and take it to Broadway in this extensive interview on my podcast.

An Open Letter to Parents

Brendan Draper | Posted 06.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Brendan Draper

We know the world is changing. Gay marriage is gaining support in households as well as in courts and legislatures, but there's still the fundamental problem that coming out as a gay man puts you in a minority community with majority parents.

9 Challenges Faced By People Wait To Come Out Until Later In Life

Posted 06.14.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Every time a new state recognizes gay marriage, my coming out coaching practice gets inundated with calls. It se...

Coming Out Twice

Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown | Posted 06.16.2014 | Science
Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown

Of course, our sexuality should have no bearing on the science at hand -- and we try to keep it that way -- but it is so important to have role models of all different backgrounds, sexualities, genders or races, as a conduit to diverse thinking.

WATCH: Wrestling Legend Comes Out At 73

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices

WWE legend Pat Patterson has come out as gay. As TMZ first reported, the 73-year-old wrestling icon spoke at length about his sexuality for the fi...

Say It Loud: I'm Black, Gay and Proud

Danielle Moodie-Mills | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Danielle Moodie-Mills

"You're already black and a woman... what more do you want against you?" That was the first thing my mother said over a decade ago when I told her...

The Challenges Of Coming Out As Transgender While In College

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Activist and musician Joanna Blackhart recalled the experience of coming out as transgender at a Catholic university in Texas as part of an interview ...

How Mental Illness Fed My Creativity

Diriye Osman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Ultimately, it's about keeping despair at bay, and sometimes simple things like running, taking up a hobby, doing charity work, painting or, in my case, writing can be a galvanizing part of the recovery process. Keeping the brain and the body active can give life a semblance of pleasure and hope. This is what writing has done for me.

Dear Dad, Happy Father's Day: A Gift From Your Gay Son

Rick Clemons | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Rick Clemons

So I'm curious, Dad. If we could find peace over our differences about my homosexuality, what might be different in our relationship? How would our relationship improve? What else might we discover we really like about each other?

We're All a Little Gay

Rick Clemons | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Rick Clemons

Isn't it time to mind the gap once and for all and let the threads that bind us together lift us to higher state of human consciousness, acceptance and love?