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National Coming Out Day

Remembering My First Boyfriend

Weston Ashley | Posted 10.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Weston Ashley

Our relationship was innocent and pure. I think often that he will be 24 forever. As time passes and I grow older, I can live life for better or worse. I don't have to live a certain way anymore by numbing my pain. I can let go and move on. I'll do it for Dexter, but most importantly, I'll do it for me.

Why We Need National Coming Out Day

Mark Curry | Posted 10.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Curry

During the final hours of Coming Out Day 2016, I overheard someone say “I don’t need to come out as a straight person, so I don’t see the need f...

What 'National Coming Out Day' Meant To Me As A Closeted Catholic Priest.

Fr. Gary M. Meier | Posted 10.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Fr. Gary M. Meier

The first time I can remember hearing about the National Coming Out Day was in 2005 or 2006. I’m not sure what brought it to my attention, but I can...

Reflections on National Coming Out Day

Seamus Kirst | Posted 10.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Seamus Kirst

“When did you come out?” I am often asked by friends – mostly who are straight. How do you even begin to answer that? Coming out isn’t a momen...

Erasure: Finding My Blackness and Gender and Relearning How to Come Out

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 10.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

We fought about the things families often do, we talked about the things families often do, but the two things that were never talked about are the two things that are now almost all consuming to me: skin color, and after I came out, sexuality.

Dear Queers and Transpeeps: You Are Precious to Me

S. Bear Bergman | Posted 10.13.2016 | Queer Voices
S. Bear Bergman

The problem is that we all, under the LGBTQ tent, have been told so loudly and for so long that we are worthless that many of us can't hear precious. It has to be sarcastic, right? It has to be, because who in the world could be saying precious, valuable, desirable and when they say those things, mean us?

Can a 12-Year-Old Really Know They're LGBTQ?

Bethany Grace Howe | Posted 10.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Bethany Grace Howe

In my casual interactions with people over the years on this topic the answer I've heard the most is "I guess I always knew." It's not that I don't believe them, but as someone who likes data to back things up, it's too vague for my tastes.

Coming Out and Taking In

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 10.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Taking in is when we recognize the potential others see in us and let ourselves make meaning out of it.

Coming Out and Being Out as a Lesbian Mom

Dana Rudolph | Posted 10.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Rudolph

I came out well before I became a parent, but even being out from day one of parenthood doesn't mean visibility is easy.

The Life and Death of Coming Out Trans

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

Sometimes I am asked if it frightens me to be open as a transgender woman. Yes, of course it does. But I will not hide. I am not ashamed of who I am.

13 Ways to Create Safe & Supportive Schools for LGBATQQI People

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Throughout the world, on university and grade school campuses, in communities and homes, and in the media, issues of sexual identity and gender identity and expression are increasingly "coming out of the closet."

Lesbian Couple Told To Stop Kissing At Grocery Store

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

A lesbian couple in the United Kingdom was told to stop kissing at a neighborhood grocery store, and it happened on National Coming Out Day. Annab...

A Letter to the Lost

Michael Varrati | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Varrati

It is a disheartening fact that, in 2014, so many kids...and also some adults...feel the anguish of a societal prison designed to stop an individual from being who they are inside.

Young Woman Recounts Coming Out to Her 90-Year-Old Grandpa (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-10-20141010AbbyFinksmall.jpgAbby took her girlfriend home to Minneapolis over Labor Day weekend, and, at the insistence of her father, her girlfriend joined them for the family lunch with Grandpa. After an awkward beginning, with Grandpa not knowing who Abby's surprise guest was, Abby's dad stepped in and began the conversation.

Coming Out Against 'Conversion Therapy'

Samantha Ames | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Samantha Ames

As far as equal rights have come in the last few years, up to a third of LGBTQ people are still subjected to "conversion therapy," among the most damaging forms of psychological abuse a person can endure. Conversion therapy encompasses a range of dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

'You Must Come Out': How Harvey Milk's Challenge Resonates With Gay Christians Today

Jennifer Knapp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Knapp

I think about Harvey's impassioned plea quite often. It whispers in my brain with both inspiration and reservation -- inspiration because, as an out woman, I have experienced what only coming out will teach you, and reservation because, as a Christian, I also know that coming out and purging all secrets can be a dangerous, painful prospect.

Coming Out Again!

Blake Skjellerup | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Blake Skjellerup

Upon coming out publicly in May 2010, I thought that that would be last time I would ever have to come out. Boy, was I wrong. Since then I have had to come out again and again. But last week I found myself in a coming-out situation that I had never experienced before, and I wasn't sure what to do.

WATCH: This Mormon Teen Gets Big Surprise For National Coming Out Day

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

Happy National Coming Out Day! In honor of this day of solidarity with members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and ...

LOOK: Queer People Reveal Their Poignant And Profound Coming Out Stories

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

National Coming Out Day was first celebrated on Oct. 11, 1988, exactly one year after the historic March On Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. ...

Why Coming Out on Coming Out Day Still Matters

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Break down some myths. Destroy some lies and distortions. And if we do it long enough and loud enough and together enough eventually we will be done.

Silence = Death: Coming Out of the Queer IPV Closet

Melissa M. Wilcox | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Melissa M. Wilcox

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Odds are, you'll hear about straight, gender-conforming women who are or have been abused by straight, gender-conforming men. Those stories are important, but they leave queer survivors and our abusers invisible just as we are the rest of the year.

Come Out Against Stigma, Live Out Proud

Paul Kawata | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Kawata

Come out against the stigma facing everyone who is LGBT and living with HIV.

The Worst Thing About Coming Out

John Chagnon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

Hey, Gurl, Celebrate Your Out History!

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

It's another fabulous October to celebrate LGBTQ history; coming out of those dark, homophobic, and heterosexist closets; and anti-bullying! I am ending our big gay celebration with these two poems, whic were published in Gay City: Volume 2.