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National Coming Out Day 2013

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.

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.

'Coming Out' for Immigration Reform

Ben de Guzman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ben de Guzman

Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, and I'm taking the opportunity to come out again. But this time I'm coming out as an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants -- at least 267,00 of whom are LGBT.

Coming Out Against HIV Stigma

Alex Garner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Garner

To come out about one's HIV status can be a risky prospect. We live in a world of stigma and intolerance, and all too often, coming out is met with anger, castigation and possibly even violence. But people still come out. That's what we do. We come out.

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

Mia Norton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mia Norton

I have come to realize what coming out entails and have learned that it is different for each and every person, but one thing that I have observed to be true is that the most important step in one's journey is coming out to oneself.

National Coming Out Day: Before You Leave the Closet...

Adam Hunt | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Adam Hunt

I'm in full support of more people coming out of the closet if they're ready, but if you're considering coming out, it's essential to do so after plenty of evaluation and self-reflection. As you make your plan, consider these five points.

The Ties That Bind

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Coming out is one of the fundamental experiences that ties LGBT together. We also share the stresses caused by the cognitive dissonance required to live a lie. When we refuse to stick up for one another, we deny the reality and lessons of our own experiences.

Why National Coming Out Day Still Matters 25 Years On

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Dhesi

National Coming Out Day isn't about telling the world you're gay on October 11th, it's about everyone taking some time to realize how hard living life in the closet is for anyone who has had to do it.

Celebrating National Coming Out Day With Our Families (PHOTOS)

Leonard Wrigley | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Leonard Wrigley

Typically, part of the experience of being "in the closet" for any length of time is a fear of losing or becoming estranged from family. But it can also involve a fear of not having a family of one's own in the future too. This was one of my biggest concerns growing up gay.

10 Great Reasons Not To Come Out Of The Closet?

Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com In honor of National Coming Out Day, I thought I'd stir up the pot and go a little rogue. You see, there are ti...

Why Coming Out Is Like 'Relieving Yourself Of Mental Constipation'

Posted 10.10.2013 | Gay Voices

By Tiffany McHugh for YourTango.com This Friday marks the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, where The Human Rights Campaign encourages ...

I'm Coming Out

Allison Berkowitz | Posted 12.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Allison Berkowitz

People in the LGBT community are deserving of equal rights, privileges, and protections, as well as our understanding and compassion. I'm coming out as a straight ally, and I hope you do too.

WATCH: Activists Strip Down To Celebrate National Coming Out Day

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices

Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, and a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists and allies are stripping down for the occas...

The Universal Experience of Coming Out

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Most human beings are closeted in one form or another. We all have secrets, what are euphemistically called "skeletons in the closet." While in the closet, we lead lives, as Thoreau said, "of quiet desperation." I believe that coming out is so powerful because it is a universal desire.

The Places I Have Come Out

J.E. Reich | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices
J.E. Reich

On the front porch of my mother's house, coiled on a swing. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. In the spirit of the high holidays, in the spirit of atonement, I confess my predilections to her. These things weren't supposed to happen to her, she says.

What Parents, Youth and Allies Need to Know as We Recognize National Coming Out Day

James Clementi | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices
James Clementi

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, I joined my mother and father, Jane and Joseph Clementi, in a conversation with LGBT rights activist Mitchell Gold to get to the heart of why coming out matters and how we can support young people as they go through this process.

Coming Out Again: The Politics of Shame, Silence and Story

Hayden | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Hayden

We must not just tell our stories to change the minds of strangers who might do us harm so that one day we'll be safe to walk down our streets; we must keep telling our stories, wholly and completely, to those who love us so that they can hold and support us and sustain us.

'Coming Out' or 'Letting In'? Recasting the LGBT Narrative

Robert Espinoza | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

A colleague suggests that we reframe "coming out" as "letting in," as in letting others into our lives. The "letting in" frame allows for agency over what to disclose, to whom and when. If coming out is a confession, then letting in is a communion. We share our life stories, not just our secrets.