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National Coming Out Day

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.

Can You Tell If Someone Is Gay Just By Looking At Him?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 10.06.2013 | Gay Voices

The new book You Can Tell Just By Looking by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, and Michael Amico, busts myths commonly held about the lesbian, gay, bi...

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...

What To Do After You've Come Out: An Expert Weighs In

YourTango | Rick Clemens | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices

If you recently opened up about being gay, you might wonder, 'What's next?' Rick Clemons can help. National Coming Out Day was last week. Since 198...

An Open Letter To My Heterosexual Brethren About Last Week's National Coming Out Day

Rob Watson | Posted 12.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

Reflect on your relationship, your most tender romance. Think of the moment when you realized that you were in love with someone and that person loved you back. Now ponder what it would feel like to be asked to make all that a deathly secret, hide it away and cloak it in shame.

Ann Coulter's National Coming Out Day 'Joke' Gets Fiery Response

Posted 10.16.2012 | Gay Voices

She may have been once billed as "the right wing Judy Garland," but Ann Coulter is feeling the heat from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L...

A Call to Action to Bring LGBT Health Disparities out of the Closet

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Claire Pomeroy

There are too many LGBT patients who are uncomfortable discussing sexual orientation or gender identity with health-care providers -- and there are too many providers who need training on how to have these discussions with patients.

Straight Out: The Fight For Equality

Derek Hartley | Posted 12.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Derek Hartley

This weekend SiriusXM is airing a documentary special I produced that profiles five straight allies and their individual journeys. Some of them are people you may have heard of before, like Zach Wahls. Others may be new to you, but all of them have powerful, compelling stories.

WATCH: National Coming Out Day Finally Gets A Charlie Brown Special

Posted 10.12.2012 | Comedy

Thursday, October 11 marked the 24th annual National Coming Out Day, a day that honors those who are living openly as gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans...

Thoughts On National Coming Out Day

Greg Jacobs | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Greg Jacobs

The whole idea that there should be a day designated to outing yourself is ridiculous and counterproductive. Coming out is only as big a deal as you make it. Coming out isn't easy, but just because it isn't easy doesn't mean it needs to be a long, drawn-out process.

Coming Out And Being 'Born This Way': Matthew Shepard, Lady Gaga And Me

Cathy Renna | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Cathy Renna

After two decades of activism, I now see National Coming Out Day very differently. It would be easy to be glib and say that my challenge is finding someone to come out to, or that every day is Coming Out Day for me, but NCOD has truly been bittersweet for me since 1998.

National Coming Out Day 2012: Let's Make The Workplace Safe For Everyone To Be Out

Brad Jacklin | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Brad Jacklin

I was a privileged white kid with a circle of friends and family who were, if not outright supportive, at least working out their issues on their own instead of burdening me. So, when I took a job during my junior year, it didn't occur to me that being out at work could be risky.

Coming Into Being Out

Jarrett Hill | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Jarrett Hill

Sitting in my car, in the dark of night, during a 15-minute break from work, I was at one of the lowest places in my life. Coming out had brought up so much more than being attracted to men, and now I couldn't stand the thought of feeling this horrible way another day.

National Coming Out Day And Achieving Progress Through Visibility

Robyn Harper | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Robyn Harper

Coming out is important. Visibility is important. Being out and being visible represents an opportunity to educate people on the reality and normality of LGBT lives and the normality of being in a relationship with a person of the same gender.

30 Gay, Lesbian And Bi Athletes Who Have Come Out In The Past Year

Jim Buzinski | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Jim Buzinski

Here are the 30 coming-out-in-sports stories featured on Outsports since last National Coming Out Day, with links (just click on the name) so that you can read more about each athlete. Think of this the next time someone tries to argue that gays and sports don't mix.

Gay Voices Readers: Is It Important For Celebrities To Come Out?

Posted 10.11.2012 | Gay Voices

Today is National Coming Out Day and earlier today, we rounded up 41 celebrity coming out stories. While they definitely make for an interesting read...

Coming Out: Is It All About You?

Wade Davis II | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Wade Davis II

Though I can remember almost everything about that day, from my mother's facial expression to her subtle physical responses, only recently have I tried to understand her reactions and consider her feelings throughout my coming-out process.

Coming Out Of The Digital Closet

Zach Stafford | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Zach Stafford

For as long as I can remember, there's been something about making my sexual orientation "Facebook-official" that has made me a tad uncomfortable, for reasons I have yet to understand. I think it's time to change that.

National Coming Out Day: The Buttons

Donna Red Wing | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

We asked people going in and out of City Hall to choose a button, wear it, and, when asked about their buttons, talk to people about the importance of National Coming Out Day. People chose their buttons carefully, but Portland Police Chief Tom Potter made the most interesting choice.

Coming Out At School

Daniel Browne | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Daniel Browne

What is it like for young lesbian and gay people living and being educated in 2012? The school setting can be difficult enough without adding issues around sexuality to the mix, but does that issue really exist anymore?

The Vital Importance Of Sharing Our Coming-Out Stories

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Dhesi

The next time I saw the 17-year-old, I gave him my coming-out story. He seemed surprised that I'd gone to the effort of writing it down for him, and he was very grateful. I watched his eyes as he eagerly read my words. "I wish I could read another one," he said, finally.

Gay Is Good, But Let's Make It Great!

Christopher Dyer | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Christopher Dyer

In addition to being National Coming Out Day, today is the one-year anniversary of the death of one of the LGBT movement's founding members, Dr. Franklin Kameny. In 1968 Dr. Kameny coined the phrase "gay is good." Gay is indeed good, but we need to be great.

Coming Out Is About More Than Being LGBT

Andres T. Tapia | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Andres T. Tapia

Forty-eight percent of LGBT workers do not feel free to be out at work. This robs organizations of getting the best contributions from their LGBT talent, because closeted employees must divert a substantial amount of their creative and emotional energy toward obscuring a fundamental aspect of their identity.