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In the Closet

Is It Okay to Out Someone?

James Owens | Posted 07.22.2016 | Queer Voices
James Owens

Over the course of my life I have come across a number of closet cases, each with their own range of reasons for hiding their true self; every excuse becoming more and more absurd with every step toward equality. Come on people, it's 2015!

Unwrapping Fear

Rachel Wahba | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Rachel Wahba

For years Olivia sent out its mailers covered up. For years my Jerusalem Report magazine arrived in my mailbox uncovered. And then for the last twen...

Born This Way

Sue Carswell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Carswell

All that was dirty, scuffed, and gray is now virgin white. Fresh glistening snow has softly but relentlessly covered Manhattan, blanketing its streets.

I'm a Lesbian Married to a Man

Amanda C. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amanda C.

At 50, I was finally able to admit to myself that I was a lesbian. I have been married for over 25 years and have a daughter, 15. My marriage has been a martyrdom, as I have no desire.

Are You in the Closet? You May Be Surprised!

Paul Boynton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Boynton

I knew leaving the closet would be a challenge, not just for me but for everyone who thought they knew the real me. Coming out would mean telling the truth to my loving wife, my children, friends, co-workers, and, as the CEO of a large nonprofit, my board of directors. Terrifying risks were involved.

Secrets and Lies

Mark Matousek | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

Social behavior is always selective; being private isn't deception. We believe, naively, as tell-it-all Americans, that secrets are indicators of inner corruption ("You're only as sick as your secrets!"), things to be avoided, wrong. But this is ridiculous. Nobody is an open book.

Coming Out of the Closet, One Letter at a Time

Amy Hollingsworth | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amy Hollingsworth

The letters, and the confessions, continued for 10 years past high school. Between our two worlds there was joy and pain, a heartbreak and a marriage, thoughts of suicide, the birth of a child -- all confided on paper, all put down in black and white. Then John died unexpectedly.

Back In The Closet For World Peace

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

To begin, I can help bring about world peace by dumping my partner of 17 years. You see, we are both men (we are gay!), and homosexuality makes many people angry and uncomfortable. If my partner and I are no longer a couple, then there is no chance of making anyone upset.

Criminalize The Closet!

Marten Weber | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marten Weber

Fraud is harmful, even if no link to a specific victim can be established. In a way, the closet is like tax evasion. Tax evaders balance the negative impact to themselves (paying taxes) with the legal requirement to contribute to society. The man or woman in the closet does the same.

Poll Position: Do Celebrities Have A Responsibility To Come Out Of The Closet? Vote Now!

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Last week we kicked off our brand new series, Poll Position, with a poll on the advantages and disadvantages of using the glitter bomb as an activist ...

The messology of Bishop Eddie Long

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

When preachers pontificate too much from on High about the sins of homosexual sex, the cautionary tale is to be careful of what you say, because your ...

Why Massa Can't See Straight and Why It Matters

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

If you're not out, come out. If you aren't willing to come out, then at least don't get married and for heaven's sake, don't run for office.

When The Closet Isn't a Closet: A Periodic History Of Personal Discretion

Mark Olmsted | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Olmsted

I went to school in the 70s, worked on Wall Street in the 80s, and went to prison in 2004. These experiences constitute six of the last 32 years. For 20 percent of my life as a gay man, I hid my sexuality.

Jamaica's Only Gay Church Provides The Group A Community In Secret

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

INGSTON, Jamaica �" It takes just 15 minutes to set up an underground church. Two boxes and a white sheet make up the pulpit. The altar is a card t...

Sally Quinn: Coming Out of the Closet with LD

Quinn Bradlee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Quinn Bradlee

Being able to "come out of the closet" is the first step. The more who do, the easier it will be for others. Nobody should be ashamed of any disability.