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National Coming Out Day

Lesbian Couple Told To Stop Kissing At Grocery Store

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices

A lesbian couple in the United Kingdom was told to stop kissing at a neighborhood grocery store, and it happened on National Coming Out Day. Annab...

A Letter to the Lost

Michael Varrati | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Varrati

It is a disheartening fact that, in 2014, so many kids...and also some adults...feel the anguish of a societal prison designed to stop an individual from being who they are inside.

Coming Out Again!

Blake Skjellerup | Posted 10.12.2014 | 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 10.14.2014 | 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.

Coming Out Against 'Conversion Therapy'

Samantha Ames | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Samantha Ames

As far as equal rights have come in the last few years, up to a third of LGBTQ people are still subjected to "conversion therapy," among the most damaging forms of psychological abuse a person can endure. Conversion therapy encompasses a range of dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

'You Must Come Out': How Harvey Milk's Challenge Resonates With Gay Christians Today

Jennifer Knapp | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Knapp

I think about Harvey's impassioned plea quite often. It whispers in my brain with both inspiration and reservation -- inspiration because, as an out woman, I have experienced what only coming out will teach you, and reservation because, as a Christian, I also know that coming out and purging all secrets can be a dangerous, painful prospect.

WATCH: This Mormon Teen Gets Big Surprise For National Coming Out Day

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay Voices

Happy National Coming Out Day! In honor of this day of solidarity with members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and ...

LOOK: Queer People Reveal Their Poignant And Profound Coming Out Stories

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay Voices

National Coming Out Day was first celebrated on Oct. 11, 1988, exactly one year after the historic March On Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. ...

Why Coming Out on Coming Out Day Still Matters

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Break down some myths. Destroy some lies and distortions. And if we do it long enough and loud enough and together enough eventually we will be done.

Silence = Death: Coming Out of the Queer IPV Closet

Melissa M. Wilcox | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Melissa M. Wilcox

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Odds are, you'll hear about straight, gender-conforming women who are or have been abused by straight, gender-conforming men. Those stories are important, but they leave queer survivors and our abusers invisible just as we are the rest of the year.

Come Out Against Stigma, Live Out Proud

Paul Kawata | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Kawata

Come out against the stigma facing everyone who is LGBT and living with HIV.

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Sigourney Weaver Sounds Off On Gay Rights

Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices

On Oct. 11 a special screening of "Prayers For Bobby" took place in New York City. Held in conjunction with National Coming Out Day and the re-rele...

Coming Out Day

Hayley Mierzwa | Posted 12.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Hayley Mierzwa

As many members of the LGBT community celebrated National Coming Out Day this month, it is important for us to take a moment to remember that not everyone who comes out has the luxury of receiving a safe, let alone accepting, reaction.

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.

Ready To Come Out? Some Valuable Resources To Keep In Mind

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

Coming out of the closet can be an overwhelming, scary and isolating time. Depending on your age, race, location, or even just the moment in time that...

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.

Celebrating National Coming Out Day by Coming #out4equality

Gregory Cendana | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Gregory Cendana

National Coming Out Day is not about closet shaming. For me, it is a celebration of identities and recommitting ourselves to continue organizing our communities.

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.

Know Your LGBT History: First National Coming Out Day And Three Other Queer Events From October 11

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

In conjunction with the celebration of October as LGBT History Month, The Huffington Post will be providing you with "Know Your LGBT History" updates!...

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.