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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...

Coming Out Was One Of The Hardest Things I've Done -- But I Don't Regret It

Nasir Fleming | Posted 09.24.2014 | Teen
Nasir Fleming

Coming out was one of the hardest tasks of my life. Although it has its ups-and-downs, I do not regret being open and honest with myself.

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...

WATCH: Gay Teen Comes Out To His Mom... But She Has Big News Of Her Own

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Are you ready for this one? This video is certainly a welcome experience, especially considering some of the horrific coming out stories we've seen...

Not Ready to Love a Gay Child? Then Don't Have Kids

Amelia | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Amelia

If you are thinking about creating a family with someone, stop and think. Ask yourself, "Will this person love the children we create?" If the answer is "Maybe not," then perhaps it is time to take a big step back and do some real thinking.

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...

Tyler Clementi's Brother James Turns Tragedy Into Activism (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.29.2014 | 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.

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.

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...

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

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.30.2014 | 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.

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...

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...

How Punk Music Empowered a Queer Youth (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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9 Challenges Faced By People Wait To Come Out Until Later In Life

Posted 06.14.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Every time a new state recognizes gay marriage, my coming out coaching practice gets inundated with calls. It se...

WATCH: Wrestling Legend Comes Out At 73

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices

WWE legend Pat Patterson has come out as gay. As TMZ first reported, the 73-year-old wrestling icon spoke at length about his sexuality for the fi...

Gay College Student Tells Homophobic Counselor to Shove It (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-06-06-20140604NephiNivensmall.jpgIf you were looking for an example of how to be a horrible college mental-health counselor, look no further.

What Happened When I Came Out to My Wife and Kids

Henry V | Posted 08.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Henry V

Getting to gay has not been easy. Everyone that knows accepts who I am, but I still struggle. Everyone around me believes everything is going to be fine. Why can't I?

'Will I Be Bad At Gay Sex?'

Posted 05.07.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Don't let fear prevent you from living an authentic life. Call it a midlife crisis or just finally coming to y...

What It's Like to Come Out in Brazil (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

Brazil has a reputation as a sex-positive country. But Kelvin explains that when it comes to homosexuality, Brazilian families might not be as liberal as you'd think.

What To Do When Your Spouse Comes Out: 6 Unrealistic Expectations

Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com When a spouse comes out, a lot of stuff hits the fan. Yet, does that give the jilted spouse a license to be unre...

How A Smash Musical Fueled One College's Gay Rights Debate

Reuters | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C., April 20 (Reuters) - Students at a South Carolina public university are snapping up tickets to the...

Basketball Hall Of Famer Has One Question For Gay Athletes

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell said Wednesday that gay athletes' current fight for equality and acceptance reminds him of some ...

Young Woman Explains Why She Identifies as 'Queer' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

After she came out as queer to an ex-boyfriend, and later to a childhood friend with whom she led Bible study, both friends responded with support.

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...

WATCH: Just Try To Watch This Video Without Crying

Posted 03.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Just weeks after coming out of the closet, Ryan Dolan, a former contestant in Ireland’s Eurovision Song contest, has released an emotional new music...