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Coming Out

Establishing Boundaries, Preventing Attacks

Doug Kreeger | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Doug Kreeger

I write when I'm inspired and publish only when I'm ready. I don't read comment forums and I block communication from harassing strangers. I connect with at least one close friend per day, preferably in person. I sing constantly, loudly, and usually only for myself (or dogs). I'm doing the best that I can and trying to greet each new day with wonder and gratitude.

Yes, It Does Matter If Jonathan Bennett Is Gay And Out of the Closet or Not, And Here's Why

Noah Michelson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

This has nothing to do with privacy. I'm so tired of people blabbering on about how we need to respect people's privacy. Sexuality shouldn't be a private matter. It certainly isn't for straight people.

'Writing Is How I Leave My Family And How I Take Them With Me'

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 09.19.2014 | Latino Voices

Daisy Hernández's new memoir, A Cup Of Water Under My Bed, is full of sentences that linger with you long after you've finished reading -- the kind o...

Against Me! Singer Digs Deep About Coming Out As Transgender

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Laura Jane Grace, the lead vocalist for the punk-rock band Against Me!, came out as transgender in 2012. Since then, she has been open and honest abou...

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming Out as Gay

John Paul Brammer | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices
John Paul Brammer

Coming out was the best thing I've ever done for myself. That being said, coming out came with its fair share of struggles that I felt I had to navigate alone. To all the gay men who have just come out or are in the process of coming out, I hope this list helps make your experience a little easier.

WATCH: Gay Teen Comes Out To His Mom... But She Has Big News Of Her Own

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Are you ready for this one? This video is certainly a welcome experience, especially considering some of the horrific coming out stories we've seen...

Life Insurance Advisor: Out of the Closet

Don McNay | Posted 09.13.2014 | Business
Don McNay

I've called myself other titles, masking that my income comes from the life insurance industry. There are multiple reasons why my lifetime occupation became a semi-hidden secret. The industry itself went through the same kind of identity crisis.

A Gay Dad Responds To The Family Who Reacted Violently To Their Son's Coming Out

Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family Last week another young person, Daniel Pierce, was thrown out of his home for being gay. I have written about this ...

John Barrowman: A Throwback Thursday Thank You

Wayne Anderson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Anderson

It was such a simple thing and yet it was the first time in my life that I had ever felt any type of validation as a gay man and it was the very first time that I had ever seen such a positive image of a gay man, he was not only not ashamed of his sexuality -- he was defiantly proud of it!

The Time I Outed Myself on AIM

Shawn Binder | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Shawn Binder

At the time, I thought these incidents would ruin my life. I thought they would completely destroy my relationships with friends and family and that I would be cast out. When you're in high school the mistake of divulging information to the wrong person can seem disastrous.

Coming Out: Going Beyond the Impossible

Rick Clemons | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Rick Clemons

Thank goodness that instead of listening to my doubting inner cynic I began to stack things in my favor by believing, being optimistic and trusting that my path was my true path and I would thrive.

Parent Notes to LGBT Kids Go Viral | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

In this "Digitally Speaking" segment, I discuss the social media impact produced by these notes, and how they can help parents everywhere better handle the coming out moment for LGBT kids.

Not Ready to Love a Gay Child? Then Don't Have Kids

Amelia | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Amelia

If you are thinking about creating a family with someone, stop and think. Ask yourself, "Will this person love the children we create?" If the answer is "Maybe not," then perhaps it is time to take a big step back and do some real thinking.

Can Money Solve a Bad Coming Out?

Dieter Holger | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Dieter Holger

Daniel Pierce's bravery touched many. After-all, his story garnered over 3.5k donations. We hope the best for Pierce and other youth in his situation. Assumedly, that cash will come in handy for him though.

LOOK: When These People Came Out, The Responses They Got Were Amazing

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices

For many, coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is still a significant and challenging rite-of-passage. While there's still p...

Did Daniel Pierce's Coming-Out Video Upset You? Here Are 5 Things You Can Do

Justin Lee | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin Lee

Last week, a viral video depicted Daniel Ashley Pierce, a young man who recorded his family's violent reaction to his having come out as gay -- yelling about the Bible, physically assaulting him and kicking him out of the house. Daniel's boyfriend posted the video online, and people around the world were horrified by what they saw.

A Straight Person's Guide to the Coming-Out Conversation

Joe Anthony | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Joe Anthony

My hope is that, when a friend does finally choose to come out to you, these notes will help you be more comfortable with it, and that you'll understand what he or she has been going through up to this day that shapes the conversation in his or her head.

Tyler Clementi's Brother James Turns Tragedy Into Activism (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-08-30-20140828JamesClementi2small.jpgIn 2010 Tyler Clementi took his own life after being publicly outed on the Internet by his college roommate. His oldest brother James, who is also gay, is now an activist hoping to shape a world that's more accepting and inclusive of LGBTQ people.

Getting to Gay

Henry V | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Henry V

What the hell are you doing here, anyway? OK, that's it. You need to get your ass home! You're fucking 40 years old! You've got kids! You have a wife! It's winter 2009. Just a few months ago everything changed when I acknowledged to my wife Evelyn that I'm gay.

What Children Want To Hear When Their Gay Parent Comes Out

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.29.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

As millions of LGBT Americans know, coming out of the closet can be complicated. That's especially true when you're an adult with grown children and a...

WATCH: Twins Both Come Out To Their Parents And Catch It All On Camera

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 09.02.2014 | Gay Voices

Rarely do coming out stories involve twins making the big announcement together. Luke and Adam Monastero, 21-year-old fraternal twins from Canada, ...

WATCH: Family Has Horrifying, Violent Reaction To Son's Coming Out As Gay

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Sometimes coming-out stories are heartwarming tales of acceptance and love. Other times they are tragic accounts of abandonment and abuse. Daniel ...

LOOK: Britney Spears Just Made This Gay Fan's Year

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.28.2014 | Gay Voices

Britney has been a bit under the radar lately, but the pop icon reportedly just made a move for one of her gay fans that has us falling in love with h...

Fight or Flight for Recognition

Michael LaMasa | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael LaMasa

Yes, here in New York or in Maine or in Massachusetts we see you. But you deserve to be seen where you live. Stay. Stand up. Provide those around you with the opportunity to see you and allow them the opportunity to change.

An Aligned Life: Prince, Queerness and Softcore Porn (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-08-23-20140821EliciaGonzalessmall.jpgIn her youth Elicia Gonzalez from Broomfield, Colorado, experienced a shocking exposure to Prince that would become "very much so representative of what would happen with my sexuality later in life."