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Coming Out

The Personal Is Political: Why Coming Out Matters

Dr. Darcy Sterling | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Darcy Sterling

You have a fundamental obligation (as we all do) to make this world a safer place. If you can't find the strength to come out for yourself, do it for the kid in Tennessee who sees no "normal" role model of gay life because, like you, so many people value "privacy" above social obligation.

The Courage to Come Out

Walt Hawkins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Walt Hawkins

Before Jason Collins revealed that he is gay, I suppose I'd never really pondered the amount of courage it takes, even in this day and age, to come out of the closet. And it does take more than a fair amount.

How I Learned to Be Gay: Almost Everything I Learned in Life I Learned While Working at a Gay Magazine

Benjamin Solomon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Benjamin Solomon

The year following graduation was a bit of a lost one as I tried to finally come to terms with my new identity. But nothing really clicked until I got a job at Next Magazine. Suddenly, my world had direction.

WATCH: Catholic Priest: Why I Came Out Of The Closet

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.23.2013 | Religion

Fr. Gary M. Meier, the formerly anonymous author of the book "Hidden Voices, Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest," discussed his decision to come ou...

WATCH: Waitress Climbs On Table To Make Very Public (And Inspiring) Declaration To Diners

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"I am a lesbian!" That was the public declaration of one inspiring server at a diner in France earlier this month. In a video posted on YouTube...

How to Tell Your Partner You're Transgender

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

Finding a mate who can love and accept you as you will unfortunately not come easily. Like any person, you will have to deal with rejection, heartbreak and disappointment, but don't be dismayed, because love is out there, and you can find it.

Why I Decided To Come Out As A Gay Priest

Fr. Gary M. Meier | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Fr. Gary M. Meier

At the heart of every authentic call to ministry is the desire to live a life of integrity. It was my desire to live a life of integrity that led me to the priesthood and it is that same desire that has led me to where I am today.

The Neurology Of Disgust

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 07.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Phillip M. Miner

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGrowing up believing you are an abomination is strange. But, if you are gay and grew up in Kansas (or many other parts of the world) -- like I did -- it's not all that uncommon.

WATCH: After 20 Years Of Marriage, Husband And Wife Both Come Out Of Closet

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In a recent HuffPost Gay Voices blog post, doctor and author Danielle Kaufman wrote about the day when she, still living as a man, learned her wife is...

The British Obsession With Gay Footballers

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Dhesi

It's often referred to as one of the last gay taboos in Britain: an out gay professional footballer. But why does a large proportion of the gay (and straight) media, as well as a large section of society in general, seem to be obsessed with the prospect of an out pro footballer?

Finally.... He's Coming Out

Kalup Linzy | Posted 07.13.2013 | Arts
Kalup Linzy

In late 2011, I was commissioned by one of my collectors George Haddad, aka "Cousin George" to produce a video for one of his tracks on his upcoming album Coming Out. Not wanting to confuse this video with my own musical art videos, I decided to go out, buy a new wig, and try out some of my wardrobe that had not been worn.

Coming Out

Garret Kramer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Garret Kramer

Here's what really hit me when I heard the news about Collins' coming out: We're all the same, people; it's time to get our act together. Any differences between us are purely the byproduct of thought -- all made up.

WATCH: Adorable Animated Short Tells Cartoonist's Coming Out Story

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Have you ever tried coming out to a friend while you're hundreds of feet in the air and riding a roller coaster? Cartoonist Hamish Steele did and ...

The Blessing of Telling Dad

Christopher Horan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christopher Horan

When I came out I told my mother and brothers first. All three , within 2 sentences and 30 seconds implored me to not tell my father.

WATCH: Zach Quinto Responds To Question About Role-Playing Spock In The Bedroom

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

While appearing on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," actor Zachary Quinto participated in the show's popular "Plead the Fifth" segment where stars ar...

From the Archives: How Coming Out in Professional Sports Has Changed Over the Last 30 Years

Jamie Scot | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jamie Scot

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives has been busy this week clearing a space for Jason Collins in our LGBT Archival Sports collection alongside the likes of Billy Jean King, Martina Navratilova, and John Amechi, among others.

Coming Out Stories and Culture Wars

Mark Ro Beyersdorf | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Ro Beyersdorf

I've been bewildered by the conversations that have unfolded in the comments section of my essay, "Coming Out Across Cultural Barriers: A Mixed-Race Son's Journey with His Korean Immigrant Mother."

Why Coming Out Benefits Straight People As Much As Gay People

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Coming out isn't just healthy, necessary and liberating for gay people; everyone else benefits as well. Lies are destructive, not only to the person telling them but to everyone else who becomes collateral damage.

How God Helped Me Accept My Gay Son

Shirley Rorvik | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Shirley Rorvik

No epiphany, just a slow, pondering assessment of my failure to do what I perceived at the time as obeying God. Was He telling me something I didn't want to hear? I set aside my agenda and began to explore.

My First Time

Tom Judson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tom Judson

It happened during a student/teacher conference when I was barely 18. Now, before you get your hopes up, I'm not about to divulge that the scene in Through the Woods where I sternly discipline a quartet of truant schoolboys is based on personal experience. This is about a different first time.

A Portrait of the Artist at 83

Chris Delyani | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Delyani

"Getting old is wonderful," my neighbor Robert Akeley told me with a smile, his blue eyes lighting up, when I asked him for the single most important message he'd like to pass on to Huffington Post readers.

While Jason Collins Baked, Many Famous Bundt's Got Burned

Justin Reed Early | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Justin Reed Early

I will be watching and cheering for him and I hope he is able to live up to the high standards that many heroes preceding him have constructed by building the pedestal on which he has been placed.

The Day My Wife Came Out To Me... And Then I Came Out To Her

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

Life sometimes presents the strangest coincidences. What are the odds of a husband and wife both realizing they're gay at the same time without even talking to each other about it?

LISTEN: Sara Bareilles' New Single Is An Awesome 'Civil Rights Anthem' Inspired By Gay Friend

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles already has several hits under her belt, including the hugely popular "Love Song" and "King of Anything," but her new...

How Do You Come Out To Your Parents As Bisexual?

A.J. Walkley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
A.J. Walkley

This month's question came from a reader who has been struggling to come out to her parents as bisexual, because they view bisexuals as "cheating gross people who should only stick to either same sex or opposite sex partners." She is looking for ways to educate them.