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Coming Out of the Closet

Gay Voices Readers: Is It Important For Celebrities To Come Out?

Posted 10.11.2012 | Gay Voices

Today is National Coming Out Day and earlier today, we rounded up 41 celebrity coming out stories. While they definitely make for an interesting read...

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.

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.

Coming Into Coming Out

Jarrett Hill | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Jarrett Hill

Thanksgiving 2004. It was a typical holiday gathering with family, friends, and wonderfully endless calories. But as I spent time with my family, I felt something within me beginning to change. Some conversations were getting harder to avoid, and some truths were getting closer to coming... out.

The Unexpected Decision I Made About Love At 70

Next Avenue | Posted 09.21.2012 | Fifty

I will confess to having had the occasional girl crush over the years. I can even recall their names: Terry in high school, Ginny in college, Lee and Penny as an adult. ...If any of them had kissed me then the way Sybil kisses me now, I probably would have been a goner.

The Coming Out Pilgrimage

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

Though I had long imagined what it would be like coming out, the very act of coming out of my closet brought both unbridled joy and literally scared me to death.

Coming Out: An In-Depth Analysis Of My Teenage Diaries

Bernard Lansbergen | Posted 11.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Bernard Lansbergen

Recently, while cleaning out my childhood bedroom, I stumbled upon the diaries I kept during this tumultuous time in my life. I read them with a stomach-turning sense of dread, only to be surprised by how my own memory had misshaped and deformed these events.

The Extended Coming Out

Conor Gaughan | Posted 11.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Conor Gaughan

One reason I got so personal last month was because of a powerful statistic that will matter come Nov. 6: Straight people who know gay people are significantly more likely to support LGBT rights, by 20 points in one ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Coming Out To My Bible Study (Part 2)

Maria Burnham | Posted 10.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Maria Burnham

The hunt for a church is both time-consuming and emotionally vexing. Luckily, I found a church I love. I have been attending it for quite some time now, but it wasn't until recently that I took the next step and signed up for a small Bible study group.

On Coming Out

Thomas Naples | Posted 10.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Thomas Naples

It makes me sad and frustrated that anyone needs to "come out" at all. However, I realize now that being "out" to family, friends, colleagues, professors, the Internet, etc. helps them get to know me and helps me be more comfortable with the way I am.

LOOK: Father's Shocking Letter Disowning Gay Son Goes Viral

Posted 08.09.2012 | Gay Voices

A heartbreaking letter, allegedly penned by an unsupportive father to his gay son, has gone viral in the blogosphere. Originally uploaded to Reddi...

Mika Comes Out: 'If You Ask Me Am I Gay, I Say Yeah'

Posted 08.06.2012 | Gay Voices

He's avoided questions about his personal life for years, but now, British pop singer Mika is going public about his sexuality in a new interview. ...

Should Sally Ride Have Publicly Come Out?

AP | By DAVID CRARY | Posted 07.26.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- Pioneering astronaut Sally Ride, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out. ...

From Silence, Stigma, And Shame: Finding My Voice

Chana Wilson | Posted 09.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Chana Wilson

Fear was releasing from my body as my mother's story echoed on the airwaves from the Pacific to the Sierra foothills. But when it came to my story -- my story, not my mother's -- the silence of my childhood was still deeply embedded in my body.

How Coming Out Heals Your Life

Jordan Bach | Posted 09.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Jordan Bach

I found coming out to be an extremely healing experience that wasn't easy at first, but led me toward greater peace and wholeness. Telling the truth can be challenging, but it will bring your destiny closer to you; it will ignite your life and give your struggle greater meaning and purpose.

Gay Chicago TV Tackles LGBTQ Visibility And The Many Faces Of Coming Out

Waymon Hudson | Posted 09.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Waymon Hudson

Too often we see the queer community literally white-washed. Telling the stories and honoring the coming-out struggles of people of color like Frank Ocean and Diana King, or of people who challenge gender roles like Megan Rapinoe, is extremely important.

Who Am I, Really?

Justin McCoy | Posted 09.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Justin McCoy

Around the age of 18, I realized that there was something off about me; I just didn't know what it was or what to do. I did know that I did not like who I was or my appearance. I did not recognize the person in the mirror. I asked myself, "Could I be transgender?" I was terrified.

What I Wish I Could Say To My Younger, Still-Closeted Self

Brennan Hicks | Posted 09.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Brennan Hicks

I found myself trying to act more "straight." Really, I was just trying to make myself appear more "masculine" through my music choices and dress, avoiding anything I feared would out me. By doing this, however, I was effectively putting myself into a cramped and awkward cocoon.