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National Coming Out Day

The Worst Thing About Coming Out

John Chagnon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
John Chagnon

When I first heard about a project called The Worst Thing About Coming Out (WTACO), I had mixed feelings about the concept. The act of coming out entails such an array of emotions that I wasn't sure that focusing on the worst part of it would be a positive approach to the subject.

EXCLUSIVE: Sigourney Weaver Sounds Off On Gay Rights

Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices

On Oct. 11 a special screening of "Prayers For Bobby" took place in New York City. Held in conjunction with National Coming Out Day and the re-rele...

Coming Out Day

Hayley Mierzwa | Posted 12.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Hayley Mierzwa

As many members of the LGBT community celebrated National Coming Out Day this month, it is important for us to take a moment to remember that not everyone who comes out has the luxury of receiving a safe, let alone accepting, reaction.

Weeklings!: How to Come Out, and What to Expect (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

2013-10-11-weeklingscomingoutday2013small.pngI celebrate National Coming Out Day by talking about how you can "come out" even if you've been a declared homosexual for years. Then I offer assistance to those about to come out, and I even emulate their family members' responses.

'Coming Out' for Immigration Reform

Ben de Guzman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ben de Guzman

Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, and I'm taking the opportunity to come out again. But this time I'm coming out as an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants -- at least 267,00 of whom are LGBT.

Coming Out Against HIV Stigma

Alex Garner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Garner

To come out about one's HIV status can be a risky prospect. We live in a world of stigma and intolerance, and all too often, coming out is met with anger, castigation and possibly even violence. But people still come out. That's what we do. We come out.

Ready To Come Out? Some Valuable Resources To Keep In Mind

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

Coming out of the closet can be an overwhelming, scary and isolating time. Depending on your age, race, location, or even just the moment in time that...

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

Mia Norton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mia Norton

I have come to realize what coming out entails and have learned that it is different for each and every person, but one thing that I have observed to be true is that the most important step in one's journey is coming out to oneself.

National Coming Out Day: Before You Leave the Closet...

Adam Hunt | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Adam Hunt

I'm in full support of more people coming out of the closet if they're ready, but if you're considering coming out, it's essential to do so after plenty of evaluation and self-reflection. As you make your plan, consider these five points.

Celebrating National Coming Out Day by Coming #out4equality

Gregory Cendana | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Gregory Cendana

National Coming Out Day is not about closet shaming. For me, it is a celebration of identities and recommitting ourselves to continue organizing our communities.

The Ties That Bind

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Coming out is one of the fundamental experiences that ties LGBT together. We also share the stresses caused by the cognitive dissonance required to live a lie. When we refuse to stick up for one another, we deny the reality and lessons of our own experiences.

Why National Coming Out Day Still Matters 25 Years On

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Dhesi

National Coming Out Day isn't about telling the world you're gay on October 11th, it's about everyone taking some time to realize how hard living life in the closet is for anyone who has had to do it.

Know Your LGBT History: First National Coming Out Day And Three Other Queer Events From October 11

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

In conjunction with the celebration of October as LGBT History Month, The Huffington Post will be providing you with "Know Your LGBT History" updates!...

Celebrating National Coming Out Day With Our Families (PHOTOS)

Leonard Wrigley | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Leonard Wrigley

Typically, part of the experience of being "in the closet" for any length of time is a fear of losing or becoming estranged from family. But it can also involve a fear of not having a family of one's own in the future too. This was one of my biggest concerns growing up gay.

10 Great Reasons Not To Come Out Of The Closet?

Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com In honor of National Coming Out Day, I thought I'd stir up the pot and go a little rogue. You see, there are ti...

Why Coming Out Is Like 'Relieving Yourself Of Mental Constipation'

Posted 10.10.2013 | Gay Voices

By Tiffany McHugh for YourTango.com This Friday marks the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, where The Human Rights Campaign encourages ...

I'm Coming Out

Allison Berkowitz | Posted 12.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Allison Berkowitz

People in the LGBT community are deserving of equal rights, privileges, and protections, as well as our understanding and compassion. I'm coming out as a straight ally, and I hope you do too.

Can You Tell If Someone Is Gay Just By Looking At Him?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 10.06.2013 | Gay Voices

The new book You Can Tell Just By Looking by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, and Michael Amico, busts myths commonly held about the lesbian, gay, bi...

WATCH: Activists Strip Down To Celebrate National Coming Out Day

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices

Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, and a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists and allies are stripping down for the occas...

What To Do After You've Come Out: An Expert Weighs In

YourTango | Rick Clemens | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices

If you recently opened up about being gay, you might wonder, 'What's next?' Rick Clemons can help. National Coming Out Day was last week. Since 198...

An Open Letter To My Heterosexual Brethren About Last Week's National Coming Out Day

Rob Watson | Posted 12.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

Reflect on your relationship, your most tender romance. Think of the moment when you realized that you were in love with someone and that person loved you back. Now ponder what it would feel like to be asked to make all that a deathly secret, hide it away and cloak it in shame.

Ann Coulter's National Coming Out Day 'Joke' Gets Fiery Response

Posted 10.16.2012 | Gay Voices

She may have been once billed as "the right wing Judy Garland," but Ann Coulter is feeling the heat from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L...

A Call to Action to Bring LGBT Health Disparities out of the Closet

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Claire Pomeroy

There are too many LGBT patients who are uncomfortable discussing sexual orientation or gender identity with health-care providers -- and there are too many providers who need training on how to have these discussions with patients.

Straight Out: The Fight For Equality

Derek Hartley | Posted 12.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Derek Hartley

This weekend SiriusXM is airing a documentary special I produced that profiles five straight allies and their individual journeys. Some of them are people you may have heard of before, like Zach Wahls. Others may be new to you, but all of them have powerful, compelling stories.

WATCH: National Coming Out Day Finally Gets A Charlie Brown Special

Posted 10.12.2012 | Comedy

Thursday, October 11 marked the 24th annual National Coming Out Day, a day that honors those who are living openly as gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans...