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Nickelodeon Star Reveals He's Gay

Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices

YouTube star turned Nickelodeon actor Lucas Cruikshank, who is best known for creating the hyper-active, over-the-top character Fred Figglehorn, has r...

The Closet and Bradley Manning

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The recent publication of some of Bradley Manning's personal emails and photos about his gender dysphoria, including admissions from his psychiatrist during the sentencing phase of his trial for espionage, once again raise the issue of the "closet" and the pathology created within it.

Everyone Knew I Was Gay, Except My Brother

Brian Douglas Kennedy | Posted 10.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Brian Douglas Kennedy

When I came out to the rest of my family in my early 20s, no one was shocked. The fact that I was gay shouldn't have been a surprise to my brother either. After all, we had adjacent bedrooms and my high school years were spent wearing out the soundtracks to Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Is Queen Latifah Obligated To Discuss Her Private Life On Her New Show?

Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Queen Latifah's refusal to address long-standing rumors about her private life on her highly-anticipated new talk show was debated at length on The Ru...

Gay Man Comes Out to Wife and Children, Strengthens Family Unit (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske


Labled From the Outside, Finding an Identity on the Inside

Katy Butler | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Katy Butler

When I recently started falling for a guy, it shattered my world. I had always liked girls. I was a lesbian. But I knew that the feelings I had for this man were real when I felt my heart leap every time I walked into class and saw him. I had felt the same way about women in the past.

'I Fell In Love With My Therapist'

Candace Walsh | Posted 10.13.2013 | Divorce
Candace Walsh

When you're walking along in a strange city, and you've studied the map and think you know where you're going, there's a period of time when you're actually going the wrong way but you haven't figured it out yet.

The Surprise Benefits Of Living An 'Authentic' Gay Life

Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for I never knew, when I de-planed in Los Angeles, that I'd find myself in so many ways. Not just because I'd landed ...

'Some Unfinished Business': My Coming-Out Message to the Young Democrats of America

Rod Snyder | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Rod Snyder

There are young LGBT men and women across the country who aspire to careers in public service and need to know that they can achieve success in the political arena. I want to be an example of a leader who succeeds because of my honesty, not in spite of it.

Billie Jean King: It's 'Very Difficult' For Gay Athletes To Come Out

Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices

Tennis legend Billie Jean King spoke at length about the challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes continue to face in th...

The Surprise Effect Coming Out Has On (Platonic) Relationships

Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices

By Mary Malia and Rick Clemons for Two of our experts share their personal stories of how coming out changed their lives for the bett...

Coming Clean on (Not) Coming Out in the Classroom

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 09.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Holly R. Cashman

As the "back to school" flyers and commercials increase in frequency, along with scrambling to get more research done, finishing my syllabus, and doing a ton of reading to prepare for two new classes, I will also be thinking hard about how and when to come out to my students this year.

Forte Fortisshomo: On Queer Musicians and Coming Out

Mal Blum | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Mal Blum

I fall into the "happy to be part of the queer artist community" camp, and even I have felt protective over how my sexuality is presented in the context of my music. I can only imagine how my "closeted" peers feel. Nonetheless, here are some anxieties I have felt or hear echoed in my community.

So I've Come Out to My Christian Parents... Now What? Part 2: Things to Remember About Yourself as an Adult Child

Linda Robertson | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

I want to remind you of some things that you are probably going to have to remind yourself of many times as you work through this with your parents, especially if they aren't proving to be as accepting and affirming as you had wished, and even more so if they are downright cruel.

So I've Come Out to My Christian Parents... Now What? Part 1: Things to Remember About Parents

Linda Robertson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

In the past month, we have started a small network of Christian parents who love Jesus and who also love their LGBTQ child. Right now, the parents are literally and figuratively all over the map -- where they live and where they are in their process of learning to fully love and relate to their child.

Come Out Campaign: The App!

Tanya Tsikanovsky | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Tanya Tsikanovsky

It seems that right now is the perfect time for the Come Out Campaign movement's app OUT! to launch (estimated release date: July 18)! With DOMA down ...

Coming Out in Boston in 1969

Thom Nickels | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Thom Nickels

In Boston in 1969, homosexuals were everywhere, but the trouble was finding them. I did a lot of walking around Boston on weekend nights trying to do just that. I was in the city as a 19-year-old conscientious objector fulfilling my alternate service work contract in lieu of military service.

Unlikely Hero

Mark Hoelterhoff | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Hoelterhoff

As a parent, every part of you, every fiber of your being, is designed to protect your children, keep them from pain, shield them from hurt, and never, ever inflict suffering on their precious hearts. It is that protective spirit that kept me in the closet for so long.

New Study Reveals Surprising Effect 'The Simpsons' Has Had On Gay Men

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.02.2013 | Gay Voices

Who knew Homer Simpson was a trailblazer? A new study suggests "The Simpsons" series has helped gay men come out and changed the perception of hom...

Top 5 Coming Out Videos On YouTube (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Shira Lazar

In the celebration of Pride Week, and YouTube's #ProudToLove campaign, Davey Wavey highlights the best coming out videos on YouTube, featuring Grego...

Michelangelo Signorile

Is A U.S. Congressman About To Be Outed? | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Prominent gay blogger Mike Rogers, who became widely known for revealing the homosexuality of closeted gay politicians in the early 2000s, was reporte...

Coming Out to Family -- Six of Them, and All Mine

Judy Rickard | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

I lost Mom to cancer in 1992. Dad lasted more than a decade without her and passed in 2003. I thought I wouldn't come out to family anymore after that, but life has a funny way of shaking you up.

The Gay Pride PSA That Will Never Air (VIDEO)

Mark S. King | Posted 08.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

The video is really a reminder that Gay Pride isn't simply about drink tickets, covers charges, and body image. As a matter of fact, for many in our LGBT family, the party atmosphere is downright life-threatening.

What I Know About Fatherhood After Coming Out

Seth Taylor | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Seth Taylor

When kids are loved, they don't forget it. If we show up for our kids, they'll show up for us -- especially when we need them most. That's what my daughter did for me.

Parenting Advice: When Your Gay Child Comes Out

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 08.13.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

The feeling of being an outcast, not fitting in and letting our parents down, is a terrible burden for a young person to carry.