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Coming Out

Is it Easier to Come Out to Mom or Dad?

Joe Kort, Ph.D. | Posted 06.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Kort, Ph.D.

I feel emotional reading this letter from a father to his son and hearing how Magic Johnson led the conversation in a very warm and supportive way to his son. These young gay men are lucky to have these fathers.

Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are

Tom Judson | Posted 06.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Judson

Polls have continuously shown that people who know homosexuals personally are more supportive of gay rights. Here's a news flash for you: everyone knows a homosexual.

A Gay Son and His Dad: "Why I am an Aging Advocate"

Bryan Pacheco | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Bryan Pacheco

"Dad, I'm gay. Please don't hate me," I said. He responded, "I love you no matter what. And I'm happy you're out now and can be yourself. I always knew you were gay. I was just waiting for you to feel comfortable enough to tell me."

Being Gay, Latino and Fearless

Marcos Saldivar | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Marcos Saldivar

It's a small effort that by no means deserves praise, but if coming out to my family means preventing even one less oppressed gay person, it's worth facing my feelings of trepidation. It's worth enduring an awkward Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

WATCH: Legendary NBA Coach Phil Jackson Says He's Never Encountered A Gay Basketball Player

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.03.2013 | Gay Voices

Retired NBA coach Phil Jackson sounded off on the possibility of professional gay male athletes in a new interview with HuffPost Live. Jackson, wh...

On Being Butch Jaxon... And Tristan

Tristan Higgins | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

I usually don't have to come out. When I walk into a room, people know I'm a dyke -- unless they mistake me for a dude. Whatev. But recently I had to decide whether to come out. Again. This happened when a reader of my anonymous blog was kind enough to send a post of mine to HuffPost.

A Super Gay Easter Pep Talk

Sasha Lotrian | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Sasha Lotrian

The spring time holidays are approaching which means road trips back home to small towns across America. It also means having to deal with families that call your lifestyle "alternative" and your wife of five years, your "roommate."

'I Love It When You're Wrong'

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

I had hoped that my time in D.C. working on the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) would go unnoticed while I took time off to teach in Korea. Google is my enemy, however, and my co-workers had a decent idea of who I am before I even stepped off the plane.

Gay Voices' Family Friday: Meet Devon And Emily's Unique Family

Posted 03.22.2013 | Gay Voices

As part of our Family Friday series, every week we spotlight one family, share the story of their love and send lots of love and support to them from ...

WATCH: Behind The Scenes At The GLAAD Media Awards, And Justin Vivian Bond Talks Coming Out

Marti Gould Cummings | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Marti Gould Cummings

Last week I was on hand at the GLAAD Media Awards to interview the famous stars attending the event, including Bernadette Peters, Snooki, Mama June and more! I also had the opportunity to sit down with Justin Vivian Bond to discuss V's extensive career and fascinating coming-out story.

A Late-Blooming Lesbian Panther

Joanne Fleisher | Posted 05.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Joanne Fleisher

I took to boys like I was on a fast trip down a one-lane highway, but that was because I had no idea that I could be with a girl. A perfect middle-class 1950s girl, I went to college, dated boys and got married at 22. I tried being the perfect wife but failed miserably.

The Portmans: Profiles In Courage

Tom Carpenter | Posted 05.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Carpenter

Sen. Portman could have remained silent about his son's coming out. That inaction would have been politically expedient for a conservative member of the Republican Party. Instead, he took to the air and wrote an op-ed explaining why he had changed his position on marriage equality.

New Report Reveals Surprising Facts About LGBTQ College Athletes

Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) student athletes are two times more likely to experience harassment than their heterosexual teammates, a...

Be Part Of Our Lost Letters Project To Support Coming Out

The Huffington Post | Lucette Jefferson | Posted 03.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Over the last few months, we've seen a lot of amazing letters from parents and future parents to their children about their sexuality. Last week we we...

Right to Marry is a Drag

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

I have been out for over 20 years and in that time I have "come out" several times. First it was to family and friends as gay, and then there was coming out at the Forbes Top 100 Company I work for and last as a Drag Queen's husband.

The Unexpected Power of Coming Out

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When Senator Portman's son came out, it became a living, breathing example of the butterfly effect. When we tell the truth about ourselves and our lives, it doesn't just affect us and those we tell. It ripples outward, and contributes to the tsunami of social change we are witnessing.

The Good, Bigoted People

Nico Lang | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Nico Lang

You don't hate by accident. You have to be taught to hate -- in little ways that are reinforced every day, ways you might not even recognize. In my case, hating yourself takes a lifetime.

LOOK: Dad Writes Best Note Ever To Closeted Gay Son

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.17.2013 | Gay Voices

Coming out may not always be easy. One father, who overheard his son on the phone discussing his intentions to reveal his sexuality, eased his child's...

A Silver Coming-Out Story

Chris Delyani | Posted 05.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Chris Delyani

Then a slip of paper, not much larger than a sheet of paper you'd write a shopping list on, fell out of the book's pages. On it was typewritten a simple, unsigned message from the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth.

Get It Straight, Heteros: Setting The Record 'Straight' Over Distinctions Within LGBTQ Community

Posted 03.08.2013 | Gay Voices

LGBTQ. The letters stand for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer. While many millenials are championing distinctions within the LGBT communi...

WATCH: New Youth-Oriented Video On Coming Out -- Cool Or Controversial?

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 05.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout


Ex-Brewers Pitcher Says It's Natural For Gay Athletes To Be Attracted To Straight Teammates

Posted 03.01.2013 | Gay Voices

A former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher has chimed in on the recent debate over whether or not professional gay athletes should come out of the closet whil...

Why Don Lemon Is My Hero And Should Be A Hero For All Young, Gay Black Males

Deron Dalton | Posted 05.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Deron Dalton

Lemon taught me that there is too much life to experience to remain trapped in the closet or, worse, to hurt oneself. It was a relief to relate to someone's struggle, and it inspired me to do the right thing. I didn't want to be 40-something and still debating whether to come out.

Who Told You Gay Is OK?

Allison Hope | Posted 04.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Anyone who encourages someone to express himself or herself truly and wholly is to be commended, never condemned. Our adult allies, whether LGBT-identified or not, are the ambassadors who allow diversity to germinate and flourish, and who give hope to our LGBT youth.

Come Out Campaign

Tanya Tsikanovsky | Posted 04.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Tanya Tsikanovsky

How do we get our LGBTQ family members out of their closets? How do we do what Harvey Milk asked us to do? How do we make sure we take full advantage of the time we have with a president that supports us? Well, here's an idea.