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Coming Out

Seriously?! Aunt Asks Gay Nephew If She Can Call Him 'Albert the Faggot'

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-24-20141023AlbertEisenbergsmall.jpgOverall, Albert Eisenberg had a pretty great coming out experience and was given lots of support by his family and friends. There were two experiences he had, though, that show that there's still a lot of progress that needs to happen in terms of LGBTQ acceptance and understanding.

Stepping Out of the Closet and Into Your Life

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

The most beautiful legacy you can leave for those you love is a long shadow-filled corridor of open doors that you have courageously walked through as you have moved closer and closer towards them.

If My Spouse Were Gay!

Rick Clemons | Posted 10.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Rick Clemons

First reactions to the coming out of a spouse are typically gnashing of teeth, screaming in anger, and raising hands to the heavens, crying, "Why me?" I'm not going to ask you not to have those types of reactions. You're human, for crying out loud! What I'm going to invite you to do is try a few new thoughts on for size, thoughts laced in love and understanding.

Here's How Ridiculous It Would Look If Teens Had To 'Come Out' As Being Smart

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.20.2014 | Teen

"Mom, Dad. Um, I have something to tell you and I don't know how to say this. I'm... smart." So says the teen protagonist in the hilarious viral v...

The Future Is Here: Mom Asks Son to Wait Till Commercial to Come Out (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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How You Can Be A Better Ally To Transgender Teens Like Me

Casey Hoke | Posted 10.17.2014 | Teen
Casey Hoke

I would be presenting differently, asking for a shift in my own pronouns and silently requesting to be respected and recognized as male. And sure, everyone responded with an initial "okay," but who was really on my side?

Why The Craft Is Still the Best Halloween Coming Out Movie

Andrew Park | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Park

The movie is about four teenage girls who each grow up feeling different -- simultaneously special and rejected -- as so many LGBT teens have experienced.

Want to Create Change? Then Come Out

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 10.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

In a talk I recently gave at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, I was asked to discuss the challenges and opportunities that I faced during a career as a physician who is also gay. These issues came alive for me as I was writing my talk when I found a letter I wrote to my father years ago:

A Letter to the Lost

Michael Varrati | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay 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.

LOOK: What Happens When People Are Forced To Come Out...As Straight

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices

A hilarious video looks at a parallel universe where straight people are forced to come out of the closet. The clip, which first appeared on Buzzf...

Carrying Forward the Legacy of Harvey Milk

Daniel Wein | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Wein

The sold-out audience was euphoric, still in a state of shock regarding a Supreme Court action that had unilaterally doubled the number of states with marriage equality earlier in the day. "Harvey Milk is looking down on us," Kristin Chenoweth had remarked to many throughout the night.

Singer-Songwriter Nick Deutsch Comes Out As Gay

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices

What does it mean to truly be out of the closet? Though singer-songwriter Nick Deutsch says he's been out as gay since before he entered high schoo...

Coming Out Again!

Blake Skjellerup | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay 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.

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

Jennifer Knapp | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay 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.

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

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay 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 10.11.2014 | Gay 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.

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

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay 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 10.11.2014 | Gay 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. ...

National Coming Out Day: Coming Out in Indian Country

Chelsey Luger | Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Chelsey Luger

Being gay is a unique experience. Being Native American is a unique experience. And being a gay Native person who has been able to thrive and survive and is brave enough to share a personal story of coming out in this cutthroat world is nothing short of remarkable.

In The Closet -- Any Kind Of Closet? This Trans Super Model Has A Message For You

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices

In the closet? International supermodel and transgender activist Andreja Pejic has a message for you. In conjunction with National Coming Out Day o...

'Conversion Therapy Didn't "Fix" Me -- but Love Did' (VIDEO)

Oral Fixation | Posted 10.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Oral Fixation

At my parents' suggestion, I met with a pastor and told her I was gay. She introduced me to Exodus International, a ministry whose leaders claimed homosexuality was a sin. They believed with conversion therapy, God could change my orientation. I bought in.

These Gay Twins Both Came Out To Their Parents On Video... Now Their Parents Respond

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.03.2014 | Gay Voices

Adam and Luke Monastero shocked their parents earlier this year when the fraternal twins both came out to their parents in a YouTube video. Now, th...

A Story of Acceptance in an Unlikely Place: How Coming Out for the Second Time Renewed My Faith in People of Faith

Lauren-Joy Goss | Posted 10.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Lauren-Joy Goss

I connected immediately to the messages of strength, forgiveness, love and finding wisdom. I got involved in the vocal team and started singing during service on Sundays. It wasn't until a few months in that I realized I had never mentioned I was gay.

Here's What Happens When A Spouse Who Identified As Straight Comes Out As LGBT

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices

With celebrities and other public figures speaking freely about their sexuality in subtle and understated ways, coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual a...

Coming Out Was One Of The Hardest Things I've Done -- But I Don't Regret It

Nasir Fleming | Posted 09.24.2014 | Teen
Nasir Fleming

Coming out was one of the hardest tasks of my life. Although it has its ups-and-downs, I do not regret being open and honest with myself.