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Coming Out

On Coming Out: Mr. Prez., Where's My Call?

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

I've been called every name in the book (still to this day), I've had to run faster, jump higher, I've broken barriers (being gay in the pre-Modern Family world, being out in the '80s, '90s and beyond wasn't a piece of cake) and been the "first openly gay" this-or-that countless times.

Why Jason Collins Coming Out Matters: A Reflection From His Classmate

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

What a joy to see Collins unleash some of the best impulses within us. He is doing what I wish more religious leaders would do: speak to our highest values, refine our spirits, help us build a better world for all of God's children.

Coming Out Over Gchat

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 06.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

My best friend/illustrator/editor Leah grew up down the block from my moms and me. Recently Leah came out. I wanted to share that process on my blog, so we had a Gchat conversation.

Tim Brando Is Wrong About Everything

Richard Allen Smith | Posted 06.30.2013 | Sports
Richard Allen Smith

Tim Brando, you are now Archie Bunker. You are a man living outside of your time. You don't believe these things because you are a white, male, Christian, over 50 or have a family. You believe these things because you are wrong.

Jason Collins -- Why His Coming Out Matters

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 06.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Dhesi

It's 2013 right? Gay people are everywhere right? Who cares if a basketball player is gay? I tell you who cares; the millions of young people or older closeted gay, lesbian or bisexual people around the world who are still too scared to come out themselves.

WATCH: 'Kinky Boots' Director Jerry Mitchell And Recording Artist Aiden Leslie Share Their Coming-Out Stories

Marti Gould Cummings | Posted 06.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Marti Gould Cummings


WATCH: What To Do If Your Friend Comes Out To You

Posted 04.25.2013 | Gay Voices

Aiming to help teens and pre-teens tackle difficult issues, a new animated YouTube series explores what to do if your friend comes out as gay to you. ...

My Second Coming Out

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 06.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

When Vivian was first created, I think I was afraid of how my parents would react to the news that their son-in-law is a drag queen. For the seven years before Vivian, my relationship with my parents had been amazing, and I was afraid to lose that. Then the unthinkable happened.

NKOTB's Jonathan Knight On Being Outed By Tiffany

Posted 04.15.2013 | Gay Voices

NKOTB's Jonathan Knight opens up about being gay in a new interview with Gay Times. In the interview, which has been excerpted by Queerty and Greg...

A Father's Unexpected Response To His Gay Son's Coming Out

Levi A. Miles | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Levi A. Miles

When my dad left to pick up some dinner, my mom, whom I've been out to for almost two years, said, "Your father saw your Facebook status when I left my Facebook up. The cat's out of the bag." You see, I hadn't told him.

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.