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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 07.02.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 06.01.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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...

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 ...

A One-night Stand With My Mother

Oral Fixation | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Oral Fixation

All signs pointed toward me being gay, but to my mom and relatives I was just a kid having fun. I was fabulous that night and I knew it; that is, until my father walked in and saw me.

LOOK: Here's A New Way To Share Your Coming Out Story

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices

#ComingOutMatters is a new viral social media campaign dedicated to empowering the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and encoura...

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.

Michael Sam's Dad May Not Be As Supportive As His Teammates

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 02.12.2014 | Sports

Michael Sam may not just have to deal with the potential intolerance of NFL front offices. The first-team All-American defensive lineman from Missouri...

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...

Gratitude for the Hetrick-Martin Institute

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Most of the kids that the Hetrick-Martin Institute served were kids of color. We black, Puerto Rican, Asian, Indian and biracial kids were finding a way out of no way, creating impromptu families because our real families hated us or no longer claimed us as their own.

Tom Daley's Grandparents Offer Awesome Response To His Coming Out

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.03.2013 | Gay Voices

British Olympic diver Tom Daley sent shockwaves (and heart palpitations) through the gay community yesterday when he announced via a YouTube video tha...