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Coming Out

New Year, Not a New You

Nate Warden | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nate Warden

The biggest, most meaningful changes in our lives, whether of our own volition or simple happenstance, very seldom align to the neatness of our cyclical calendar.

Coming Out As Gay Superheroes: Meet Six LGBT Comic Book Characters

New York Times | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When the mutant superhero Iceman came out last month — thanks to a one-two punch of his prying telepathic teammate and a time-travel visit from his ...

Tolerance from the Top Down: What Coming Out Taught Me About My Company

Mark Curry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Curry

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple and an out gay man, said, "I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifices of others." It's time that every executive, regardless of sexual orientation, becomes a champion for workplace equality.

104 LGBT People In Sports Who Came Out Publicly In 2015

Outsports | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Another year, another hundred or so stories of LGBT people in sports. It's become a hallmark of Outsports to tell these stories and highlight the acce...

George Takei Reveals Why He Stayed Closeted For So Long

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

George Takei, currently starring in the Broadway musical "Allegiance," inspired by his own family’s struggles as Japanese-Americans who were interne...

18 Stars Who Came Out In 2015 (But You Probably Didn't Hear About It)

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

In 2015, coming out still matters. The more people who share their true and authentic identities, the more chances to erase outdated and false stereot...

Critically Queer: Being a Gay Student in the Humanities

Christian Lewis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christian Lewis

Although I had studied humanities my entire life, once I got to college and came out as gay, I looked at these subjects in completely different ways.

'Fun Home' Discusses Coming Out

Christian Lewis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christian Lewis

In more ways than one this is a very important musical for women, for feminism and for lesbians. This inspiring, nuanced and most importantly, autobiographical work helps to prove the legitimacy and skill of women in Broadway as well as spread awareness about lesbian experiences and narratives.

Advice for a Parent Whose Child Just Told Them They Are Transgender

Harvey Katz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Harvey Katz

How many parents gripe about their children not sharing their lives with them? Your kid just risked everything so they could be their authentic self every time you are together. That is magical.

Gays and the Holidays

Donovan Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donovan Thompson

My family is amazing; they are some of the most beautiful people in the world, but it appears that we are out of time. We can't pretend anymore. The reality is that their beloved "Don" is gay.

"These White Gay Guys Are Coming to Take All Our Jobs." Workplace Discrimination in the Mayor's Office

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

James Felton Keith went back to his hometown of Detroit to help rebuild the city after it went bankrupt. On his first day working in the new mayor's office, a colleague was giving him a tour of the office when two gay men walked by and were introduced. After they left, James was shocked at what he heard from his colleague:

Is It Now Harder To Come Out As Gay... Or Evangelical?

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A conservative researcher thinks it is harder to come out as a Christian in the United States nowadays than it is to come out as gay. Ryan Anderson, a...

To Tell or Not to Tell

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

Most people want to fit in, to belong, to be part of a group, to be "one of the gang," to share not only in the work but in the play, in the joking, the beer after a long day, the weekend golf or tennis games, the barbecues.

To LGBTQ+ Young People: 10 Things to Know About Unsupportive Parents

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laurin Mayeno

One day we'll live in a world where supporting all of our children is a no-brainer. For now, many LGBTQ+ people have to deal parents and caregivers who aren't so supportive. If this is your situation, my heart goes out to you. You deserve better. You deserve to be loved unconditionally for who you are.

Little Boy Blue and the Man on TV: The Coming-Out Story That Became Father-Son Bonding

Jaime Lubin | Posted 12.08.2015 | Books
Jaime Lubin

Kevin Newman believes nothing scares men more than vulnerability. "They haven't had a vocabulary that's safe," the veteran journalist says. "It's almo...

Coming Out as Christian

Ethan Falleur | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ethan Falleur

My Christianity is not a symptom of internalized homophobia. My faith and sexuality can exist in the same mind and body without one rejecting the other.

Mom, I Always Knew You Were a Lesbian

Lori Sokol | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lori Sokol

It had been six years since I delicately disclosed to my teenage son that I was dating a woman for the very first time. But my surprise announcement was quickly eclipsed by his sardonic response. "Mom, I always knew you were a lesbian!" he quipped, without a hint of surprise.

Lessons From Thanksgiving at Home

Nate Warden | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nate Warden

I didn't have the patience to accept others for who they were, mostly because I didn't think others had the patience to accept me for who I was. There were the usual challenges a young gay man faces before coming out, and I don't mean for my brevity to belittle them. They're brutal. But this isn't a coming out story. This is a coming home story.

It Honestly Does Get Better

Marion Leary | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Marion Leary

From 1983-1991, my twin sister and I were relegated to a Catholic elementary school. For us, this felt like a fate worse than death...obviously it was...

What Is the Big Deal With Coming Out as Queer?

Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera

Every single millennial coming out as Queer who possesses a lackadaisical who cares attitude can do so because of the courage, bravery and tenacity of previous generations of the LGBTQ community, the OG's.

'Modern Family' Star Confirms He's Gay In A Totally Nonchalant Way

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"Modern Family" actor Reid Ewing opened up about his struggles with body dysmorphia in a blog for HuffPost Healthy Living last week. The 27-year-old s...

Remembering Paris: How the City of Light Gave Me the Courage to Come Out

Michael Lambert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Lambert

I came out to my mother in a hotel room overlooking the Louvre. We were yelling at each other about nothing in particular from either side of the lavish room -- exhaustion getting the better of both of us. "Oh, yeah!" I said. "Well guess what, Mom? I'm gay."

Passion Pit Frontman Comes Out As Gay

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The lead singer for popular indietronica band Passion Pit has come out as gay. As reported by SPIN, frontman Michael Angelakos shared the revelation i...

Coming Out: A Parents Guide to Supporting Your Gay Teen

John Sovec | Posted 11.05.2015 | Parents
John Sovec

"Mom, Dad, I'm gay!" Your brave, wonderful, beautiful child has spoken the words out loud that somewhere in the back of your mind you already suspected. This moment of honesty is the beginning of a journey that can be challenging for both you and your child.

Ellen DeGeneres Explains Why 'I'm Gay' Is Such A 'Scary' Thing To Say Out Loud

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.04.2015 | OWN

When Ellen DeGeneres was filming her now-famous coming-out scene for her self-titled sitcom in 1997, every single take was just as emotional as the la...