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Coming Out Day 2012

An Open Letter To My Heterosexual Brethren About Last Week's National Coming Out Day

Rob Watson | Posted 12.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

Reflect on your relationship, your most tender romance. Think of the moment when you realized that you were in love with someone and that person loved you back. Now ponder what it would feel like to be asked to make all that a deathly secret, hide it away and cloak it in shame.

Thoughts On National Coming Out Day

Greg Jacobs | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Greg Jacobs

The whole idea that there should be a day designated to outing yourself is ridiculous and counterproductive. Coming out is only as big a deal as you make it. Coming out isn't easy, but just because it isn't easy doesn't mean it needs to be a long, drawn-out process.

Coming Out And Being 'Born This Way': Matthew Shepard, Lady Gaga And Me

Cathy Renna | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Cathy Renna

After two decades of activism, I now see National Coming Out Day very differently. It would be easy to be glib and say that my challenge is finding someone to come out to, or that every day is Coming Out Day for me, but NCOD has truly been bittersweet for me since 1998.

National Coming Out Day 2012: Let's Make The Workplace Safe For Everyone To Be Out

Brad Jacklin | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Brad Jacklin

I was a privileged white kid with a circle of friends and family who were, if not outright supportive, at least working out their issues on their own instead of burdening me. So, when I took a job during my junior year, it didn't occur to me that being out at work could be risky.

Coming Into Being Out

Jarrett Hill | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Jarrett Hill

Sitting in my car, in the dark of night, during a 15-minute break from work, I was at one of the lowest places in my life. Coming out had brought up so much more than being attracted to men, and now I couldn't stand the thought of feeling this horrible way another day.

National Coming Out Day And Achieving Progress Through Visibility

Robyn Harper | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Robyn Harper

Coming out is important. Visibility is important. Being out and being visible represents an opportunity to educate people on the reality and normality of LGBT lives and the normality of being in a relationship with a person of the same gender.

30 Gay, Lesbian And Bi Athletes Who Have Come Out In The Past Year

Jim Buzinski | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Jim Buzinski

Here are the 30 coming-out-in-sports stories featured on Outsports since last National Coming Out Day, with links (just click on the name) so that you can read more about each athlete. Think of this the next time someone tries to argue that gays and sports don't mix.

Coming Out: Is It All About You?

Wade Davis II | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Wade Davis II

Though I can remember almost everything about that day, from my mother's facial expression to her subtle physical responses, only recently have I tried to understand her reactions and consider her feelings throughout my coming-out process.

Coming Out Of The Digital Closet

Zach Stafford | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Zach Stafford

For as long as I can remember, there's been something about making my sexual orientation "Facebook-official" that has made me a tad uncomfortable, for reasons I have yet to understand. I think it's time to change that.

National Coming Out Day: The Buttons

Donna Red Wing | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

We asked people going in and out of City Hall to choose a button, wear it, and, when asked about their buttons, talk to people about the importance of National Coming Out Day. People chose their buttons carefully, but Portland Police Chief Tom Potter made the most interesting choice.

Coming Out At School

Daniel Browne | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Daniel Browne

What is it like for young lesbian and gay people living and being educated in 2012? The school setting can be difficult enough without adding issues around sexuality to the mix, but does that issue really exist anymore?

The Vital Importance Of Sharing Our Coming-Out Stories

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Dhesi

The next time I saw the 17-year-old, I gave him my coming-out story. He seemed surprised that I'd gone to the effort of writing it down for him, and he was very grateful. I watched his eyes as he eagerly read my words. "I wish I could read another one," he said, finally.

Gay Is Good, But Let's Make It Great!

Christopher Dyer | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Christopher Dyer

In addition to being National Coming Out Day, today is the one-year anniversary of the death of one of the LGBT movement's founding members, Dr. Franklin Kameny. In 1968 Dr. Kameny coined the phrase "gay is good." Gay is indeed good, but we need to be great.

Coming Out Is About More Than Being LGBT

Andres T. Tapia | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Andres T. Tapia

Forty-eight percent of LGBT workers do not feel free to be out at work. This robs organizations of getting the best contributions from their LGBT talent, because closeted employees must divert a substantial amount of their creative and emotional energy toward obscuring a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Coming Out In Two Acts: One Man's Story Of Family, Love And Living Authentically

Michael J. Brewer | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Michael J. Brewer

It all started with an awkward conversation with my dad when I was 16. On what I thought was a day like any other, we were passing our neighborhood Walmart when my father began the line of questioning I'd been dreading since before I was positive I knew the answers.

Don't Just Come Out... Out Your Story!

Derek Gerson | Posted 10.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Derek Gerson

Beginning today, we're giving you (yes, you!) an unprecedented opportunity to connect with LGBT youth and let them know about the world of support that's out here for them. We're launching Out Your Story, a new online platform for people to share their experiences of growing up LGBT.

Coming Out In A Society That Would Rather You Didn't

Simonetta Moro | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Simonetta Moro

Through my LGBT-rights activism I frequently come across people who ask me, in good faith, what use there is in coming out of the closet, especially to work colleagues. They are baffled by the idea of connecting the individual sphere of their sexuality with their professional life.