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Gay Coming Out

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 06.10.2014 | 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 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 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 01.23.2014 | 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.

Christian and Gay? One Politician's Personal Interview (VIDEO)

Mia Norton | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Mia Norton

Just prior to his retirement as National President of the Young Democrats of America, Rod Snyder -- my amazing brother -- penned a letter in which he came out to the world as a Christian gay man, and on Aug. 13 he was interviewed on MSNBC's The Cycle to discuss his coming out.

Gay Man Comes Out to Wife and Children, Strengthens Family Unit (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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'Some Unfinished Business': My Coming-Out Message to the Young Democrats of America

Rod Snyder | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Rod Snyder

There are young LGBT men and women across the country who aspire to careers in public service and need to know that they can achieve success in the political arena. I want to be an example of a leader who succeeds because of my honesty, not in spite of it.

So I've Come Out to My Christian Parents... Now What? Part 2: Things to Remember About Yourself as an Adult Child

Linda Robertson | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

I want to remind you of some things that you are probably going to have to remind yourself of many times as you work through this with your parents, especially if they aren't proving to be as accepting and affirming as you had wished, and even more so if they are downright cruel.

Coming Out to Family -- Six of Them, and All Mine

Judy Rickard | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

I lost Mom to cancer in 1992. Dad lasted more than a decade without her and passed in 2003. I thought I wouldn't come out to family anymore after that, but life has a funny way of shaking you up.

The Pressure to Come Out

Daniel Davidson | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Davidson

With such rapid national progress energizing an already liberal community like New York, there is immense pressure here on people to come out before they're ready, a pressure that comes from both LGBT and straight people. But consider recent events in our normally welcoming metropolis.

The Personal Is Political: Why Coming Out Matters

Dr. Darcy Sterling | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Darcy Sterling

You have a fundamental obligation (as we all do) to make this world a safer place. If you can't find the strength to come out for yourself, do it for the kid in Tennessee who sees no "normal" role model of gay life because, like you, so many people value "privacy" above social obligation.

The Courage to Come Out

Walt Hawkins | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Walt Hawkins

Before Jason Collins revealed that he is gay, I suppose I'd never really pondered the amount of courage it takes, even in this day and age, to come out of the closet. And it does take more than a fair amount.

How I Learned to Be Gay: Almost Everything I Learned in Life I Learned While Working at a Gay Magazine

Benjamin Solomon | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Solomon

The year following graduation was a bit of a lost one as I tried to finally come to terms with my new identity. But nothing really clicked until I got a job at Next Magazine. Suddenly, my world had direction.