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Coming Out as Gay

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!

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 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.

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.

Liberal, Well-Meaning Mom Blows It When Her Son Comes Out -- But Then She Feels Blessed

Susan Oren | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Susan Oren

Here was the ultimate mom test. Was I the real deal? At this crucial moment, probably the most important one of my life, my mind had shut down, and I'd lost my voice. I'd expected to perform much better. This had been a D-minus at best.

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

Nathan Manske | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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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 12.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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.

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. ...

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...

The Moment I Knew I Was LGBT

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.24.2014 | Gay Voices

For some, it was a scene in a movie, TV sitcom or music video. For others, it was a top-secret crush during recess or a pal's slumber party. As pa...

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 ...

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

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 11.09.2014 | 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.

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...

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

Joe Anthony | Posted 11.01.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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...

Why I Wish My Dad Had Come Out As Gay Sooner

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Author Jill Di Donato found out that her father was gay when she was 22 -- and now, in retrospect, wishes he'd come to terms with his sexuality earlie...

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 10.15.2014 | 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.

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...