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Coming Out

Parent Notes to LGBT Kids Go Viral | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

In this "Digitally Speaking" segment, I discuss the social media impact produced by these notes, and how they can help parents everywhere better handle the coming out moment for LGBT kids.

Not Ready to Love a Gay Child? Then Don't Have Kids

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amelia

If you are thinking about creating a family with someone, stop and think. Ask yourself, "Will this person love the children we create?" If the answer is "Maybe not," then perhaps it is time to take a big step back and do some real thinking.

Can Money Solve a Bad Coming Out?

Dieter Holger | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dieter Holger

Daniel Pierce's bravery touched many. After-all, his story garnered over 3.5k donations. We hope the best for Pierce and other youth in his situation. Assumedly, that cash will come in handy for him though.

LOOK: When These People Came Out, The Responses They Got Were Amazing

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

For many, coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is still a significant and challenging rite-of-passage. While there's still p...

Did Daniel Pierce's Coming-Out Video Upset You? Here Are 5 Things You Can Do

Justin Lee | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Justin Lee

Last week, a viral video depicted Daniel Ashley Pierce, a young man who recorded his family's violent reaction to his having come out as gay -- yelling about the Bible, physically assaulting him and kicking him out of the house. Daniel's boyfriend posted the video online, and people around the world were horrified by what they saw.

A Straight Person's Guide to the Coming-Out Conversation

Joe Anthony | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Anthony

My hope is that, when a friend does finally choose to come out to you, these notes will help you be more comfortable with it, and that you'll understand what he or she has been going through up to this day that shapes the conversation in his or her head.

Tyler Clementi's Brother James Turns Tragedy Into Activism (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-08-30-20140828JamesClementi2small.jpgIn 2010 Tyler Clementi took his own life after being publicly outed on the Internet by his college roommate. His oldest brother James, who is also gay, is now an activist hoping to shape a world that's more accepting and inclusive of LGBTQ people.

Getting to Gay

Henry V | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Henry V

What the hell are you doing here, anyway? OK, that's it. You need to get your ass home! You're fucking 40 years old! You've got kids! You have a wife! It's winter 2009. Just a few months ago everything changed when I acknowledged to my wife Evelyn that I'm gay.

What Children Want To Hear When Their Gay Parent Comes Out

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.29.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

As millions of LGBT Americans know, coming out of the closet can be complicated. That's especially true when you're an adult with grown children and a...

WATCH: Twins Both Come Out To Their Parents And Catch It All On Camera

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Rarely do coming out stories involve twins making the big announcement together. Luke and Adam Monastero, 21-year-old fraternal twins from Canada, ...

WATCH: Family Has Horrifying, Violent Reaction To Son's Coming Out As Gay

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Sometimes coming-out stories are heartwarming tales of acceptance and love. Other times they are tragic accounts of abandonment and abuse. Daniel ...

LOOK: Britney Spears Just Made This Gay Fan's Year

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Britney has been a bit under the radar lately, but the pop icon reportedly just made a move for one of her gay fans that has us falling in love with h...

Fight or Flight for Recognition

Michael LaMasa | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael LaMasa

Yes, here in New York or in Maine or in Massachusetts we see you. But you deserve to be seen where you live. Stay. Stand up. Provide those around you with the opportunity to see you and allow them the opportunity to change.

An Aligned Life: Prince, Queerness and Softcore Porn (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-08-23-20140821EliciaGonzalessmall.jpgIn her youth Elicia Gonzalez from Broomfield, Colorado, experienced a shocking exposure to Prince that would become "very much so representative of what would happen with my sexuality later in life."

Life After 'L Word Mississippi': The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Brandiilyne Dear | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brandiilyne Dear

Since the premiere of L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin, Susan and I have been flooded with positive messages and encouragement. We have been swaddled in what seemed to be a warm comforting safety blanket... until seven days later.

The Best Way to Change Minds: Come Out, Stay Out and Speak Out

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Last week my friend, Professor Jenny Boylan of Barnard College, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times entitled "Trans Community Can Change Minds by Changing Discourse." She uses the promotion of marriage equality as the gay analogue to what the trans community now needs. With all due respect, I think she's got it backwards.

The Amazing Way This Woman Reacted When Her Husband Came Out As Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Evelyn Bonilla joined HuffPost Live to share the very personal story of how she reacted when her ex-husband, Henry Veguilla, came out as gay. Boni...

Sikh Man Takes Off His Turban and Comes Out of the Closet (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-08-16-20140814MandeepJangismall.jpgMandeep Jangi of Middlesex, New Jersey, cites his Sikh faith as the "more visible aspect" of his identity. His decision to cut his hair (long hair is a traditional part of Sikh culture) was the first step to discovering his own individual identity.

LOOK: The Text This Guy Sent After Unexpectedly Learning His Brother Is Gay Is Awesome

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This warms our cold hearts. When Reddit user thecly provided his brother with his username so that he could see a discussion he was engaged in on t...

O Captain, My Captain: Thank You, Robin Williams

H. Alan Scott | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
H. Alan Scott

I had the great opportunity to share a meal with Robin Williams. Let me clarify, in no way were we close. But in that moment, talking with him, seeing that man that so changed my life, who in unexplainable ways has contributed to my being an openly gay writer/comedian, I'm overwhelmed with emotion.

The Closet Door Swings Both Ways

Rick Clemons | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rick Clemons

This is not a DIY moment about how to get your closet door unstuck. Or maybe it is. For now it's a few moments of truth.

Sam Champion Shares Moving Story About Coming Out To His Father

OWN | Posted 08.11.2014 | OWN

When former "Good Morning America" weatherman Sam Champion announced in 2012 that he was marrying his longtime partner, Rubem Robierb, it was the firs...

Are All Closeted Gay Men Cheaters?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Emotional, physical, and intimate disconnects often lead to infidelity. So does hiding in the closet. But who's t...

This Woman Didn't Come Out As A Lesbian Until After 50

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Being honest with ourselves and others can take some time. For Mary Gorham Malia, being authentic meant ending her marriage and coming out as a lesbia...

'Being Gay Meant Sadness, Illness, and Death' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-08-01-20140730TomWicker2small.jpgWhat was your first impression of the gay community? For Tom Wicker it was illness, death, and filth.