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Coming Out

Here Is the Note All LGBT Children Should Receive From Their Parents

Patrick Wallace | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Patrick Wallace

For parents of LGBT children who are striving to find the right words to say to their kids -- look no further, for this is your template...

Gay Athletes and the Ongoing Challenge of Full Acceptance

Clark Power | Posted 05.06.2014 | Sports
Clark Power

This week, University of Notre Dame varsity tennis player, Matt Dooley, joined Jason Collins and Michael Sam by coming out publicly as a gay male.

NFL Quarterback Would 'Welcome' Gay Teammate And 'Show Him What It Means To Follow Jesus'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins says he'd welcome an openly gay teammate, but a number of media outlets are questioning the sincerity of ...

WATCH: Just Try To Watch This Video Without Crying

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Just weeks after coming out of the closet, Ryan Dolan, a former contestant in Ireland’s Eurovision Song contest, has released an emotional new music...

Reaching For The Son

Bobby Steggert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bobby Steggert

The young me who sat in fear watching that talk show over twenty years ago begins to recede, and he is overshadowed by a man who is beginning to believe that he deserves happiness.

What Should I Expect Before I Come Out?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Coming out of the closet to friends, family and colleagues can be a stressful time in one's life. In a way, it's like shedding an ...

A One-night Stand With My Mother

Oral Fixation | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Oral Fixation

All signs pointed toward me being gay, but to my mom and relatives I was just a kid having fun. I was fabulous that night and I knew it; that is, until my father walked in and saw me.

On the Heels of Ellen Page, Let Us All Come Out

Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kira Brekke

While we lesbians have always predicted this (or at least prayed for it) since we first fell in love with her as Juno, Page brought herself, and us, to tears with her unwavering honesty and undeniable bravery.

The Closet, the Media and the Big, Queer Family

Enrique Torre Molina | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Enrique Torre Molina

At this reunion at Chalo's wedding, there was something missing: That imaginary shield I wore my whole time as a teenager was gone.

Entrepreneur Seeks to Eliminate the Burden of Coming Out

Levi A. Miles | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Levi A. Miles

Brooks Gabel realized that people who were coming out needed someone to talk to -- and not only that, they needed someone to speak with who had gone through the process themselves. This realization set Gabel on a journey that leads to his website,, going live.

LOOK: Here's A New Way To Share Your Coming Out Story

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

#ComingOutMatters is a new viral social media campaign dedicated to empowering the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and encoura...

Coming Out on the Gridiron: A Reflection on My Own Story After Michael Sam's Brave Announcement

Corey Johnson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Corey Johnson

Michael Sam, the college football player who is expected to be a top NFL prospect, recently acknowledged publicly that he is gay. It immediately took me back to the moment I decided to reveal that I was gay, and I realized how much things have changed in some ways, but haven't in others.

Shia LaBeouf Plagiarizes Ellen Page's Coming Out Speech

Reductress | Posted 04.20.2014 | Comedy

At an impromptu rally outside LA's ACLU headquarters, Shia LaBeouf took to the podium to announce that he is a lesbian, apparently using vast swaths of Ellen Page's recent coming out speech at an HRC event.

Thank You Speed Skating

Blake Skjellerup | Posted 04.20.2014 | Sports
Blake Skjellerup

Before I came out publicly, I believe it is safe to say that well over half of the international short track speed skating community knew I was gay.

Ellen Page, Role Models, Celebs, Leadership, and Being Your Own Hero

Gary North | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary North

Maybe YOU are someone else's role model and you don't even know it, and maybe never will know it. All the more reason you should be out and proud -- and your own role model.

Young, Gifted, Gay and Proud: Michael Sam

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

I AM GAY. With those three words Michael Sam made history as the first openly gay African American male to possibly be drafted into the ranks of the NFL. I can only imagine that an enormous weight has been lifted from this 24-year-old man's shoulders.

Gay NFL Veteran: 'I Did Not Feel Safe At All' In The Locker Room

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Retired NFL veteran Esera Tuaolo joined HuffPost Live this week to discuss the implications of college football star Michael Sam's coming out. "I...

Michael Sam's Moment

Harrison Goo | Posted 04.14.2014 | Hawaii
Harrison Goo

A byproduct of our current collective obsession with social media and the 24-hour news cycle is that it has become increasingly more difficult to differentiate between a "moment" that's simply viral, and one with actual cultural significance.

10 Ways Not to React to Someone's Coming Out

Nathalie Vassallo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathalie Vassallo

Well, some of us are lucky and do have understanding and supportive friends and mothers. But, for others -- and perhaps the majority -- the reality is a bit different.

The First Time I Fell In Love Was Kinda Gay

Sarah Barness | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Barness

It was one of the most powerful moments we shared when he revealed his personal struggles with love, relationships, and fears of being "found out." Now, I understood the great lengths he had gone to fool friends and family. But he couldn't have understood how much he had fooled me.

How to Behave Around Your Gay Teammate in the Locker Room

The Second City | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
The Second City

If your gay teammate is showering at the same time, kudos to you for noticing he walked into the showers. Why are you watching him so closely, anyway? Seriously, are you cruising him?

Michael Sam's Dad May Not Be As Supportive As His Teammates

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 02.12.2014 | Sports

Michael Sam may not just have to deal with the potential intolerance of NFL front offices. The first-team All-American defensive lineman from Missouri...

Coming Out Isn't Just for Gay People

George Weinberg | Posted 04.10.2014 | Healthy Living
George Weinberg

A man who came to me for help with his sex life complained that even Viagra didn't help. He was in his mid-40s, an executive at an ad agency, divorced...

Sunrise, Sunset: A Son Rises

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Once I knew everything about my children from their sleep habits to their favorite foods. Now I stand on the periphery watching them change and grapple with adulthood.

Coming Out Stories -- City of Brotherly Love (VIDEO)

Marti Gould Cummings | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marti Gould Cummings

I sit down with Josh Schonewolf to discuss LGBT life in the city of brotherly love, as well as his dramatic exit from the closet at his aunts Hallowee...