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Coming Out

The Coming Out Pilgrimage

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

Though I had long imagined what it would be like coming out, the very act of coming out of my closet brought both unbridled joy and literally scared me to death.

How I Lost My Grandmother to God and Being Gay

Mikey Rox | Posted 11.13.2012 | Gay Voices
Mikey Rox

Eventually, though, I grew up. I wasn't that cherubic ginger grandson on whom they once doted. I went through puberty. I started experimenting sexually. I came out. And that's where this relationship starts to hurt.

How To Come Out As Bisexual

Faith Cheltenham | Posted 11.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Faith Cheltenham

The coming-out stages for many bisexual people are complex and often take years to complete. While everyone's experience is different, over time I've seen some commonalities for bi folks making their journey to freedom.

Coming Out: An In-Depth Analysis Of My Teenage Diaries

Bernard Lansbergen | Posted 11.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Bernard Lansbergen

Recently, while cleaning out my childhood bedroom, I stumbled upon the diaries I kept during this tumultuous time in my life. I read them with a stomach-turning sense of dread, only to be surprised by how my own memory had misshaped and deformed these events.

The Extended Coming Out

Conor Gaughan | Posted 11.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Conor Gaughan

One reason I got so personal last month was because of a powerful statistic that will matter come Nov. 6: Straight people who know gay people are significantly more likely to support LGBT rights, by 20 points in one ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Coming Out To My Bible Study (Part 2)

Maria Burnham | Posted 10.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Maria Burnham

The hunt for a church is both time-consuming and emotionally vexing. Luckily, I found a church I love. I have been attending it for quite some time now, but it wasn't until recently that I took the next step and signed up for a small Bible study group.

When Unconditional Love Isn't

Mark Olmsted | Posted 10.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Mark Olmsted

If your family rejects a huge part of you, fine, but they don't get to claim they love you unconditionally. And if you let them get away with it, you're not giving them any reason to change.

The Monster in My Real Life

James Fluhr | Posted 10.10.2012 | Gay Voices
James Fluhr

I'll never know what went through my father's mind when he found pictures of me dressed up in drag on the Internet, but I know that the phone call that came after changed my life forever.

Why I'm Glad I Came Out On My Honeymoon

Posted 08.10.2012 | Weddings

By Brandy Black | The Next Family I understand why people say a honeymoon is necessary immediately after a wedding. Having been warned about a pote...

On Coming Out

Thomas Naples | Posted 10.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Thomas Naples

It makes me sad and frustrated that anyone needs to "come out" at all. However, I realize now that being "out" to family, friends, colleagues, professors, the Internet, etc. helps them get to know me and helps me be more comfortable with the way I am.

LOOK: Father's Shocking Letter Disowning Gay Son Goes Viral

Posted 08.09.2012 | Gay Voices

A heartbreaking letter, allegedly penned by an unsupportive father to his gay son, has gone viral in the blogosphere. Originally uploaded to Reddi...

Mika Comes Out: 'If You Ask Me Am I Gay, I Say Yeah'

Posted 08.06.2012 | Gay Voices

He's avoided questions about his personal life for years, but now, British pop singer Mika is going public about his sexuality in a new interview. ...

Imperfect Experiences Lead to Perfect Understanding

Troy Roness | Posted 10.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Troy Roness

I can't explain why I love who I love -- some parts are rational and others irrational, but it all eventually what makes me, me.

After the Storm: A Christian Coming Out Story

Christopher Sofolo | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Christopher Sofolo

The wind outside howls fiercely as she insists, "You have to say it. You have to." Time stands still for a moment as the roof detaches from the frame of our home and is lifted up into the darkness. My lips slowly part open and the words spill out.

Disappear Here

James Duke Mason | Posted 10.02.2012 | Gay Voices
James Duke Mason

The issue of coming out in Hollywood is one I've been fascinated about for years. It's amazing how little has changed in terms of the establishment and the way it treats it's gay and lesbian entertainers.

Frank Ocean: 'People Are Just Afraid Of Things Too Much'

Posted 07.30.2012 | Black Voices

Weeks following Frank Ocean revealing his first love was a man and the release of his critically acclaimed album, “Channel Orange,” the R&B singer...

Gay Bash

Dar Dowling | Posted 09.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Dar Dowling

Does the fact that you live a good life, are kind, work hard -- or are a hero as in Sally Ride's case -- become moot because you don't come out? I hope not.

Ever Believe It Was Wrong To Be Gay?

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 09.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Sharlach

"I never once, not for a second, believed that it was wrong to be gay," says Vito Russo in the HBO documentary VITO, which premiered this week. How many of us can say the same? And why not?

Was Marilyn A Lesbian? New Book Says Yes

Posted 07.26.2012 | Gay Voices

She might have been one of the world's premier sex symbols, but Marilyn Monroe was plagued with well-documented personal insecurities -- among them th...

Should Sally Ride Have Publicly Come Out?

AP | By DAVID CRARY | Posted 07.26.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- Pioneering astronaut Sally Ride, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out. ...

From Silence, Stigma, And Shame: Finding My Voice

Chana Wilson | Posted 09.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Chana Wilson

Fear was releasing from my body as my mother's story echoed on the airwaves from the Pacific to the Sierra foothills. But when it came to my story -- my story, not my mother's -- the silence of my childhood was still deeply embedded in my body.

Acceptance

Justin McCoy | Posted 09.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Justin McCoy

Although I have accepted myself, I am still terrified of how others will accept me.

How Coming Out Heals Your Life

Jordan Bach | Posted 09.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Jordan Bach

I found coming out to be an extremely healing experience that wasn't easy at first, but led me toward greater peace and wholeness. Telling the truth can be challenging, but it will bring your destiny closer to you; it will ignite your life and give your struggle greater meaning and purpose.

Magic Matt Bomer

Noah Tsika | Posted 09.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Noah Tsika

Each generation has its classical movie stars, its public figures who please the populace while maintaining an impenetrable allure. Matt Bomer might be just such a star.

In Our Corner: Your Stories Of Love And Support

Posted 07.18.2012 | Gay Voices

Last week, we asked you to share your stories of love and support. Your response was overwhelming. Within hours, we were swimming in tweets and emai...