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High School Star Athlete Came Out By Slow Dancing With The Homecoming King

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.18.2014 | Teen

“It was something I thought I'd never do -- dance a slow dance with the homecoming king at his high school.” But that’s exactly what one gay ...

Teaching Kids What It Means to Be Transgender: Why Starting Early Is the Way to Go

Chris Edwards | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Edwards

"So Shtine, what's the latest with the book? Any updates?" That was my cue. Calla and Ava knew their "Uncle Shtiny" had quit his job in advertising to write a book but were very curious what it was about. The question was, at ages 11 and 9, were they old enough to know?

10 Things I Need My Ex-Wife To Know After Coming Out As A Gay Man

YourTango | Posted 12.08.2014 | Divorce
YourTango

It took about five years, after coming out and delivering the "I'm gay" blow to our relationship, before I felt like my ex-wife was finally hearing me and that I, in turn, was finally hearing her. I feel fortunate that we got to that space. Most fractured couples do not.

What Should An LGBTQ Person Do During The Holidays?

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

Recently a colleague put me in touch with Orie Givens IV, the host of Queer Minded, to discuss issues that may be encountered by LGBTQ people during the holidays. Here are potential scenarios that could apply to you as an LGBTQ person during the holidays.

Is 'Coming Out' a Western Construct?

Ali Ahmadi | Posted 11.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Ali Ahmadi

Why is Western society so obsessed with pulling people into certain categories? In an era when sexuality is increasingly understood to be a fluid spectrum, why must we assume that any non-oppressive society must have its fair share of "out-of-the-closet" homosexuals?

Thankful for Being Able To Live a Complete Life

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

A few days before the trip, while I began planning dinner reservations, it dawned on me. For the first time my past and present would meet. My new gay friends would be socializing with my longtime straight friends.

Why You Should Care That Tim Cook and Michael Sam Are Gay

Danielle Ariano | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Danielle Ariano

Have you heard the news that Apple CEO Tim Cook is gay? Are you thinking, "OK, was anybody asking?" or perhaps more pointedly, "Who gives a flying f***?"? Then this blog post is for you!

But I'm a Bartender...

Brad Liberti | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Brad Liberti

I spent my 20's making no apologies for my overt sexuality. After all, if straight guys could construct their entire social lives around the hunt for tail, then why couldn't I? Especially since I was so good at it...

"Unfollowed" Into Happiness

Josh Sabarra | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

The decision to write an honest and candid memoir about "coming out" and living life authentically should be accompanied by a list of side effects similar to that of the antidepressant Lexapro: confusion, headaches and sleeping problems.

The Film 'Heartland' Tells the Story of Coming of Age and Coming Out in Oklahoma

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeryl Brunner

The film Heartland is not your typical coming out film. It's important that movies start transcending to places where central characters just happen to be gay, it isn't the central theme of the story, it's just a fact.

WATCH: This Story Of Coming Out In A Muslim Family Is Absolutely Beautiful

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Coming out is never easy -- but when compounded by cultural expectations, the path to living as one's authentic self can be a tumultuous one. Comed...

My Year Since Coming Out

Harry Cook | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Harry Cook

A year ago I was sitting at home in Australia, debating whether I should post my coming-out video. I had recorded the video in September and had let it collect dust on my desktop for almost two months. I was anxious about what would happen if I revealed this part of myself to the rest of the world. The tape was a reaction to one of the scariest moments of my career.

A Mom's Letter Introducing Her Transgender Daughter

Liz Hanssen | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

I am the fortunate parent who lives in awe of her 15-year-old child, whose courage and conviction to live authentically in a largely unfamiliar and often less-than-friendly world is humbling. And as she has grown into herself, so too have those around her.

The Power of a Complex Heritage

Diriye Osman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

One of the great markers of maturity is an appreciation for complexity. Although I'm of Somali descent, I did most of my growing up in Nairobi and London. As the years zipped by, the lens of my identity also zoomed out to encompass my sexuality as an out and proud gay man.

Binyavanga Wainaina and Me

Diriye Osman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

The award-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina is many things to many people. For some, including me, he is simply one of the most imaginative and gifted writers at work today. For others, and again I include myself in this list, he is a pan-African cultural hero.

A Message to All Gay Professionals: Copy Tim Cook and Come Out for the Third Time

Barry Whyte | Posted 11.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Barry Whyte

In my experience, gay people go through the process of coming out three times. First, they come out to themselves and their immediate friends. The second time is to their family and wider community. Finally, they come out in the workplace. But it shocks me how few gay people do the latter.

30 Years After 'Smalltown Boy', Out Singer Jimmy Somerville Readies Dream Disco Album

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 11.05.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Though it's taken three decades, Jimmy Somerville is finally ready to realize his musical dreams. As he celebrates the 30th anniversary of massive breakthrough "Smalltown Boy," the singer prepares to unveil an upcoming disco album.

Should Young Gay Professionals Come Out Of The Closet At Work?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Out and proud financial guru Suze Orman dropped by HuffPost Live this week, where she offered her advice to young professionals who may be feeling the...

What I've Learned Since Coming Out

Fred Rosser (aka Darren Young) | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Fred Rosser (aka Darren Young)

I feared being alienated when deciding to come out, but instead I felt welcomed. The overwhelming support from WWE, my fellow WWE Superstars and Divas, and my fans has been fantastic. This positive outpouring has eclipsed any negativity, and I only wish I had known that earlier.

Impossible Goals and My Quest to Lose 175 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Some people think aiming to lose 175 pounds is insane. For me, it is the only way to get there. When I've set "impossible" goals in a business setting, I've always made them. I get excited and motivated. Small goals don't interest me at all.

Band of One

Liam Kelly | Posted 11.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Liam Kelly

Since puberty I've experienced gender dysphoria but developed coping mechanisms to ignore it. It got harder with age. Having just turned 33 and returned from another month-long tour, I felt more depressed than ever. With every single performance the pain of the lie was perpetuated.

Tim Cook's 'Coming Out' Matters Because It Does Not Matter

Sandip Roy | Posted 11.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Sandip Roy

Cook makes no apology for being gay. In fact he calls it "God's greatest gift" because it made him more empathetic. But he is neither militant about it, nor defensive. It's not his cross to bear. That actually has a resonance that we are unused to in coming out narratives.

Thank You, Tim Cook

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan D. Lovitz

Apple has an impressively large and well-organized segment of out employees -- most of the major tech companies do, in fact -- and I bet they are all walking a bit taller and prouder today. We have a long way to achieve that level playing field, but that "sunlit path toward justice" Tim refers to just got much, much brighter.

Allies in Business Play Important Roles Furthering LGBT Equality

Laura Clise | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Laura Clise

I have seen a shift in the dialogue regarding LGBT equality, with leaders increasingly examining the business implications of how companies align internal diversity policies with external marketing and public policy advocacy.

History Lessons: My Coming Out Party at the State Department

Thomas Gallagher | Posted 10.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Thomas Gallagher

My journey began as a student at Monmouth College, now Monmouth University, where my psychology professor taught me that homosexuality was a serious mental illness.