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Gay Coming Out

Sam Smith: 'I Came Out When I Was, Like, 4 Years Old'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices

Sam Smith spoke about his decision to come out ahead of the release of his smash album, "In The Lonely Hour," in a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres....

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.

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.

LOOK: What Happens When People Are Forced To Come Out...As Straight

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices

A hilarious video looks at a parallel universe where straight people are forced to come out of the closet. The clip, which first appeared on Buzzf...

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.

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: The Moment A Gay Couple Shared A Kiss In The Face Of Hate

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices

Attending the Honolulu Pride Parade earlier this month was a big deal for 20-year-old Arrianna Daskauskas. It was, after all, this time last year when...

How Mental Illness Fed My Creativity

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Ultimately, it's about keeping despair at bay, and sometimes simple things like running, taking up a hobby, doing charity work, painting or, in my case, writing can be a galvanizing part of the recovery process. Keeping the brain and the body active can give life a semblance of pleasure and hope. This is what writing has done for me.

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 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...

The First Time I Fell In Love Was Kinda Gay

Sarah Barness | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah Barness

It was one of the most powerful moments we shared when he revealed his personal struggles with love, relationships, and fears of being "found out." Now, I understood the great lengths he had gone to fool friends and family. But he couldn't have understood how much he had fooled me.

Coming Out Was My 'Defining Moment,' Recalls Gay Comedian

Posted 12.29.2013 | Gay Voices

"Rubin Report" host and comedian Dave Rubin recalled his own coming out experience, which he described as his "defining moment," in a candid conversat...

USAFA Closets Are for Clothes, Not Cadets

Tom Carpenter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Carpenter

The U.S. Air Force Academy cannot give closeted cadets the personal courage to come out. That is a decision that only they can make for themselves. But what the Academy can do is recognize that there are closeted LGB cadets who find the atmosphere unwelcoming.

Coming Out and Finding Happiness

Matt Jacobi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Jacobi

When I hear about young kids wanting to kill themselves or crying out for help because they are being bullied in school, I want to tell them to never give up. I know what it's like to not want to go on, but I am so glad I did. It does not just get better; it gets a hell of a lot better!

Giving You Permission to Be...

Craig Stewart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

However many people we may come out to, there's still a journey of self-affirmation that has to take place; otherwise we remain in constant search of self-acceptance. It took years before I reached a comfort level in my skin. Coming to terms with one's sexuality is a lifelong journey.

The Worst Thing About Coming Out

John Chagnon | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices
John Chagnon

When I first heard about a project called The Worst Thing About Coming Out (WTACO), I had mixed feelings about the concept. The act of coming out entails such an array of emotions that I wasn't sure that focusing on the worst part of it would be a positive approach to the subject.

Dear Fear, I'll Win

Troy Roness | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Troy Roness

I wanted to reflect on the events of the past five years of my life, which masked themselves as "distractions," and send a letter directly to what has kept me from succeeding all along: fear. Fear is one of the biggest obstacles that any of us will ever face.

An Excerpt From Words Never Spoken, My Memoir

Craig Stewart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

I thought that all gay men were interested in becoming women and wearing women's clothes and were flamboyant and destined for hell. I wasn't. So from puberty through my college years, I concealed my feelings and innermost thoughts.

Weeklings!: How to Come Out, and What to Expect (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

2013-10-11-weeklingscomingoutday2013small.pngI celebrate National Coming Out Day by talking about how you can "come out" even if you've been a declared homosexual for years. Then I offer assistance to those about to come out, and I even emulate their family members' responses.

Lessons From Coming Out in 1976

Mark Olmsted | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Olmsted

It rather astounds me that I was as self-affirming as I was at a time when the Stonewall riots were not yet seven years in the past and homosexuality was still unimaginably taboo, at least for my parents' generation.

On Having Faith, Watching Oprah, and Being Gay

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Cassie Premo Steele

On the day after I realized I am a lesbian, I invited over the woman I was in love with (we hadn't been together in any sexual way; we had not even hugged or kissed) so that we could watch Oprah's Super Soul Sunday. The guest was Brené Brown, whose new book was about vulnerability.