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Coming Out

Why I Wrote the First Post DADT Repeal Gay Iraq War Memoir

Rob Smith | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

On November 15th, 2010 I chained myself to the White House fence with 12 other LGBT veterans and civilian activists in protest of the U.S. Military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. I did it because I cared, because I thought that every soldier had the right to serve.

Coming Out About Rape and Crisis Connections

Scott Gessford | Posted 03.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Gessford

Last summer, two guys raped me. They chose to have their way with me during a compromised state, and it was a traumatic experience made worse by their choices not to use condoms and not to take needed HIV medication. Thus began my disconnection.

Ethnic, Educated and Equal

Kelsey Minor | Posted 03.12.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

I simply didn't want to let people inside, fearing that if anyone got to close, they would hate me or know automatically that I was a black gay boy growing up in the segregated south.

WATCH: Here's What To Expect When You Tell Someone You're Gay

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

When the time comes to tell someone that you're gay, the reactions are always going to be a mixed bag depending on your prior relationship with that p...

WATCH: The Amazing Way This Teen Came Out To His Parents

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

When he decided to come out to his parents, gay teen Keanu Williams opted to take the confectionary route. Though it was shot in August 2013, vide...

Brian Boitano Reveals He Never Planned To Come Out

AP | BARRY WILNER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

BOSTON (AP) — Brian Boitano never intended to publicly reveal he is gay until he was chosen for the U.S. Olympic delegation by President Barack Obam...

Speculation as Sport: Rumors, Gossip and Outing in the Sports World

Wade Davis II | Posted 03.11.2014 | Sports
Wade Davis II

I have been distraught sitting back watching athletes answer unnecessary and inappropriate questions around their sexuality due to our lack of true compassion, dignity and love for all. We now exist in a society where our own obsession with others trumps respect for others' personal lives.

How This Gay German Soccer Player To Make Coming Out Easier

AP | CIARAN FAHEY | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

BERLIN (AP) — Encouraged by others who have come out as gay, retired soccer player Thomas Hitzlsperger is hoping going public will help make it easi...

WATCH: Blogger Recalls Being Outed On Facebook

HuffPost Live | Posted 01.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

When Bobbie Duncan was accidentally outed on Facebook in college, she battled depression, family problems and even attempted suicide. She joined HuffP...

Top Queer Stories of 2013 With HuffPost Gay Voices Editor Noah Michelson (AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

No topic was off-limits, including Duck Dynasty, Robin Roberts, Ricky Martin, the Winter Olympics, Russia, HIV stigma, Jason Collins, coming out, the glass closet, marriage equality and much more!

What Robin Roberts Coming Out Tells Us About Where We Are

Allison Hope | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

In the wake of recent celebrity outings like Anderson Cooper, Jodie Foster and Jason Collins, Robin's post was carefully crafted in the place in which we currently exist, one of progress-but-not-equality. It's proof that we've come a long way but we're not there yet.

'Hey, Mom, I'm Gay'

Dayna Steele | Posted 03.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Dayna Steele

"I'm gay," my 16-year-old son blurted out. Actually, he texted it following a teenage tantrum about something totally unrelated to sexual orientation.

He's My 'Husband,' No More 'Partner' or Friend

Richard Alther | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

States legalizing gay marriage are gaining steamroller momentum. What's to stop it? Not politics or the courts of law. The body of this business is buried deep within ourselves, to continue to step forward into the light of day for all to see.

2014 Resolution: Attaining Equality for LGBT People Left Behind

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

In place of the usual resolutions -- like losing weight and paying down debt -- I'd like to suggest something else altogether for readers to focus on over the next year: Resolve to work for LGBT equality.

Robin Roberts Comes Out, and Out Roll the 'Gay' Labels

Derrick Clifton | Posted 03.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Derrick Clifton

Instead of assuming what you don't know for sure, just ask. If you can't get some kind of identifier, describe it the best way you can. That is, without oversimplification or reduction to a label just for the sake of it.

Not 'Coming Out' Is a Straight Privilege

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

I agree with the critics. Gays and lesbians SHOULDN'T have to come out. But that's only because we shouldn't be forced into hiding in the first place for having done nothing wrong -- only for committing faithfully to our life partner.

The Coming Out of Robin Roberts: Why It Matters

Tracy Baim | Posted 03.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Tracy Baim

Just as Ellen DeGeneres chips away at homophobia on her talk show, Roberts will join the ranks of everyday heroes of our movement, just succeeding at being their authentic selves.

10 Surprising Reactions To A Straight Spouse Coming Out

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for Shared life, shared bed, shared closet. A spouse coming out changes all of that. It might seem a little crazy, b...

Landon Romano: Vine Famous?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 02.26.2014 | College
Victor M. Feraru

When asked if any of his popularity has translated into money, the smile comes back.

The Case For Dating Shiksas: Why One Gay Jewish Woman Dates Outside of the Tribe

J.E. Reich | Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices
J.E. Reich

No matter which way you put it on paper, it is related to the same course of logic that was used fifty years ago to ban interracial dating. The rhetoric of "stick to your own kind" vis-a-vis Jewish dating isn't exactly bigotry, but it isn't quite not.

'Mom, Dad... I'm Gay': Tips for Coming Out

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 02.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Alpert

The holiday season can sometimes bring up sensitive issues for people and families. Naturally more time is spent with those we're close to so these i...

How A Grandfather's Love, Acceptance And Faith Shaped This Gay Man's Life

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for Simple living. Simple faith. Simple love. These are the life lessons my grandfather taught me about judgment, ac...

Why We Need to Talk About Tom Daley

John Forde | Posted 02.05.2014 | Gay Voices
John Forde

The media response to British Olympic diver and teen pin-up Tom Daley announcing this week that he is in a relationship with a man only confirms why we need more coming-out narratives.

My Coming Out Story

Cristina Lara | Posted 02.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristina Lara

Where were Latinos during the Great Depression? What were Latinos doing when Malcolm X and Martin Luther King were giving speeches on racial equality? Why weren't we in history textbooks?

13 Celebrities Who Faced Gay Rumors...And Then Came Out Of The Closet

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.06.2013 | Gay Voices

While coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) in Hollywood, sports or politics has become increasingly less taboo, these experience...