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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...

'Everyday Homophobia': The New Leading Edge of the LGBT Rights Movement

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

Unlike many of the great LGBT rights issues of the last few decades, these are not the kinds of questions that can be resolved by a Supreme Court ruling or by an act of Congress or a law passed by a state legislature.

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

Rob Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

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.

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.