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The Surprise Way This 'Top Chef' Winner Came Out

Posted 04.03.2014 | Gay Voices

"Top Chef" champion Kristen Kish has come out in a unique and subtle way. The South Korean-born chef, who nabbed the "Top Chef" crown in 2013 and ...

George Michael: My Family Thinks I Just Haven't Found 'The Right Girl' Yet

Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices

George Michael has been living openly as a gay man following his very public 1998 arrest for a "lewd act" in a Beverly Hills restroom. But as Peo...

What Should I Expect Before I Come Out?

Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices

By YourTango.com Coming out of the closet to friends, family and colleagues can be a stressful time in one's life. In a way, it's like shedding an ...

Gay NFL Veteran: 'I Did Not Feel Safe At All' In The Locker Room

Posted 02.13.2014 | Gay Voices

Retired NFL veteran Esera Tuaolo joined HuffPost Live this week to discuss the implications of college football star Michael Sam's coming out. "I...

10 Ways Not to React to Someone's Coming Out

Nathalie Vassallo | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathalie Vassallo

Well, some of us are lucky and do have understanding and supportive friends and mothers. But, for others -- and perhaps the majority -- the reality is a bit different.

WATCH: The Amazing Way This Teen Came Out To His Parents

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

When he decided to come out to his parents, gay teen Keanu Williams opted to take the confectionary route. Though it was shot in August 2013, vide...

10 Surprising Reactions To A Straight Spouse Coming Out

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Shared life, shared bed, shared closet. A spouse coming out changes all of that. It might seem a little crazy, b...

How A Grandfather's Love, Acceptance And Faith Shaped This Gay Man's Life

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Simple living. Simple faith. Simple love. These are the life lessons my grandfather taught me about judgment, ac...

Why Lesbian Identity Matters

Mona Shattell | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Mona Shattell

There is a misunderstanding that one way to show one's acceptance of LGBTQ folks is to claim that sexual identity really does not matter.

What's The Best Way To Come Out During The Holidays?

Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices

The holidays can be a delicate time when it comes to dealing with extended family members. The season can be particularly challenging for those who pl...

USAFA Closets Are for Clothes, Not Cadets

Tom Carpenter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Carpenter

The U.S. Air Force Academy cannot give closeted cadets the personal courage to come out. That is a decision that only they can make for themselves. But what the Academy can do is recognize that there are closeted LGB cadets who find the atmosphere unwelcoming.

How Did You Tell Your Parents You Were Gay?

Posted 11.16.2013 | Gay Voices

How did you come out to your parents? That's the question posed in this clever new video featuring Kristin and Dannielle from EveryoneIsGay.com. Th...

Coming Out and Finding Happiness

Matt Jacobi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Jacobi

When I hear about young kids wanting to kill themselves or crying out for help because they are being bullied in school, I want to tell them to never give up. I know what it's like to not want to go on, but I am so glad I did. It does not just get better; it gets a hell of a lot better!

Giving You Permission to Be...

Craig Stewart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

However many people we may come out to, there's still a journey of self-affirmation that has to take place; otherwise we remain in constant search of self-acceptance. It took years before I reached a comfort level in my skin. Coming to terms with one's sexuality is a lifelong journey.

Nothing to Fear: A Letter to My Closeted 12-Year-Old Self

Mason Hsieh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

"If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would you say in only two words?" One of my mentors asked me this recently, and as she waited patiently for an answer, all I could think about was a letter I'd written in sixth grade to my future self.

The Worst Thing About Coming Out

John Chagnon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay 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.

Dear Fear, I'll Win

Troy Roness | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Troy Roness

I wanted to reflect on the events of the past five years of my life, which masked themselves as "distractions," and send a letter directly to what has kept me from succeeding all along: fear. Fear is one of the biggest obstacles that any of us will ever face.

Neil Patrick Harris: 'I Can Totally Understand' Why Anderson Cooper Waited To Come Out

Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Neil Patrick Harris joined HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps for a frank discussion that recalled his own public coming out process in 2006. “I feel in ...

An Excerpt From Words Never Spoken, My Memoir

Craig Stewart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

I thought that all gay men were interested in becoming women and wearing women's clothes and were flamboyant and destined for hell. I wasn't. So from puberty through my college years, I concealed my feelings and innermost thoughts.

'I've Just Never Seen So Many Gays In One Place'

Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices

By Biz Hurst for YourTango.com It's an interesting concept for me to date an actual lesbian. I'm 24, and, looking back on my past relationships, I...

Weeklings!: How to Come Out, and What to Expect (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

2013-10-11-weeklingscomingoutday2013small.pngI celebrate National Coming Out Day by talking about how you can "come out" even if you've been a declared homosexual for years. Then I offer assistance to those about to come out, and I even emulate their family members' responses.

10 Great Reasons Not To Come Out Of The Closet?

Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com In honor of National Coming Out Day, I thought I'd stir up the pot and go a little rogue. You see, there are ti...

Why Coming Out Is Like 'Relieving Yourself Of Mental Constipation'

Posted 10.10.2013 | Gay Voices

By Tiffany McHugh for YourTango.com This Friday marks the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, where The Human Rights Campaign encourages ...

Lessons From Coming Out in 1976

Mark Olmsted | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Olmsted

It rather astounds me that I was as self-affirming as I was at a time when the Stonewall riots were not yet seven years in the past and homosexuality was still unimaginably taboo, at least for my parents' generation.

Time to Change When the Time Is Right

Jake Perlman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jake Perlman

Thinking back on my different check marks in life, from my first day of kindergarten to my last class in college, I have tracked one big change in my life -- and that is change