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Coming Out

The Best Way to Change Minds: Come Out, Stay Out and Speak Out

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last week my friend, Professor Jenny Boylan of Barnard College, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times entitled "Trans Community Can Change Minds by Changing Discourse." She uses the promotion of marriage equality as the gay analogue to what the trans community now needs. With all due respect, I think she's got it backwards.

The Amazing Way This Woman Reacted When Her Husband Came Out As Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Evelyn Bonilla joined HuffPost Live to share the very personal story of how she reacted when her ex-husband, Henry Veguilla, came out as gay. Boni...

Sikh Man Takes Off His Turban and Comes Out of the Closet (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-08-16-20140814MandeepJangismall.jpgMandeep Jangi of Middlesex, New Jersey, cites his Sikh faith as the "more visible aspect" of his identity. His decision to cut his hair (long hair is a traditional part of Sikh culture) was the first step to discovering his own individual identity.

LOOK: The Text This Guy Sent After Unexpectedly Learning His Brother Is Gay Is Awesome

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices

This warms our cold hearts. When Reddit user thecly provided his brother with his username so that he could see a discussion he was engaged in on t...

O Captain, My Captain: Thank You, Robin Williams

H. Alan Scott | Posted 08.14.2014 | Entertainment
H. Alan Scott

I had the great opportunity to share a meal with Robin Williams. Let me clarify, in no way were we close. But in that moment, talking with him, seeing that man that so changed my life, who in unexplainable ways has contributed to my being an openly gay writer/comedian, I'm overwhelmed with emotion.

The Closet Door Swings Both Ways

Rick Clemons | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Rick Clemons

This is not a DIY moment about how to get your closet door unstuck. Or maybe it is. For now it's a few moments of truth.

Sam Champion Shares Moving Story About Coming Out To His Father

OWN | Posted 08.11.2014 | OWN

When former "Good Morning America" weatherman Sam Champion announced in 2012 that he was marrying his longtime partner, Rubem Robierb, it was the firs...

Are All Closeted Gay Men Cheaters?

Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Emotional, physical, and intimate disconnects often lead to infidelity. So does hiding in the closet. But who's t...

This Woman Didn't Come Out As A Lesbian Until After 50

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices

Being honest with ourselves and others can take some time. For Mary Gorham Malia, being authentic meant ending her marriage and coming out as a lesbia...

'Being Gay Meant Sadness, Illness, and Death' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-08-01-20140730TomWicker2small.jpgWhat was your first impression of the gay community? For Tom Wicker it was illness, death, and filth.

More of the Real Story Behind the LGBT MBA Job Fair Story

Matt Kidd | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Kidd

Why did I raise my hand to go into the non-profit world? Because despite the legal equality progress our community has made, we've yet to reach the status of "out" in the workplace. I truly believe our work educating and connecting LGBTQ students from the point they launch their careers will get us closer to that goal.

Why You Shouldn't Fear Coming Out If You're Over 50

Posted 07.30.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com As the gay marriage movement gains momentum and even the president is on board with the idea of it, more and more...

Cure For The Common Business Blues...Portland, Smoothies, and Domination!

Rick Clemons | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Rick Clemons

I'm coming clean and no I don't need a bath. Up until about two weeks ago, July 11th to be exact, I was suffering from soloprenuer distractionatia. Don't worry it's not contagious, it's only self-inflicted.

I'm Gay and Married to a Heterosexual!

Rick Clemons | Posted 07.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Rick Clemons

Shocking as it might seem, societal pressure, hoping it's a passing phase, and denial of self, often lead to "I'm married and a closet homosexual." ...

After 11 Years, My Partner Still Has My Number

Sue Kerr | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Ledcat still has my number, so she is fully aware that I would turn this simple tale of a symbol of love into an activist cry for justice and fairness.

Defending Ian Thorpe: Coming Out Is Never Easy, I Know

James Peron | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

None of us can live other people's lives for them. They, and they alone, must be free to live their lives on their own terms. That includes celebrities, even Olympic swimmers.

Reports: Star Olympic Swimmer To Announce He Is Gay

Huffington Post | Benjamin Hart | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices

Ian Thorpe, the Australian swimmer who is the country's most successful Olympic athlete ever, revealed in an interview that he is gay, according to Th...

What Being a Rabbi's Son Taught Me About Being a Better Dad

Jon Raj | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Jon Raj

I was two-years-old when everything changed. My father, who was not yet 30, was a rabbi at a synagogue in Budapest. After multiple harassments, he decided with my mother that America would be a much better place to practice freedom of religion and raise a family.

Can Coming Out Actually Get Better With Age?

Posted 07.10.2014 | Gay Voices

By Mary Malia for YourTango.com Although a lot of progress has been made in the fight for equality, coming out of the closet is still a hard experi...

Musician And Former Athlete Will Sheridan Opens Up About Coming Out And More

Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices

This month, Akil Patterson of Athlete Ally sat down with Will Sheridan as he prepared to host one of New York’s hottest events, Westgay. Will was al...

'The Gay-friendliest Writer in Television' Comes Out in His 50s

Neal Baer, M.D. | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Neal Baer, M.D.

I'm gay. There, I said it, and it only took five decades. When I told my son Caleb, who's in college, 10 months ago, he asked, "It took you this long to figure it out?" "No," I said. "It took me this long to say it." "Oh," he replied. "Where do you want to go for dinner?"

How Punk Music Empowered a Queer Youth (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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The Dazzling Story of an Older, Gay, Caribbean Dandy

Diriye Osman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

By writing directly in the voice of an older, gay Caribbean man, Bernardine Evaristo, who's British-Nigerian and a woman, has executed an extraordinary act of ventriloquism that crosses gender boundaries as well as racial, cultural, sexual and linguistic differences.

A Bleeding Heart...

Craig Stewart | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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Why Coming Out Is Good Business

Lord John Browne | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business
Lord John Browne

An environment in which people feel comfortable enough to come out at work is good for employees and it is good for business. To create that environment, business leaders must set a clear tone from the top.