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National Coming Out Day

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.

Coming Out In Two Acts: One Man's Story Of Family, Love And Living Authentically

Michael J. Brewer | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Michael J. Brewer

It all started with an awkward conversation with my dad when I was 16. On what I thought was a day like any other, we were passing our neighborhood Walmart when my father began the line of questioning I'd been dreading since before I was positive I knew the answers.

Coming Out In A Society That Would Rather You Didn't

Simonetta Moro | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Simonetta Moro

Through my LGBT-rights activism I frequently come across people who ask me, in good faith, what use there is in coming out of the closet, especially to work colleagues. They are baffled by the idea of connecting the individual sphere of their sexuality with their professional life.

National Coming Out Day: 41 Celebrities Who Busted Out Of The Closet

Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices

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

A Christian Comes Out In a Letter, For Worse And For Better

John Shore | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
John Shore

"I understand that this was a lot to take in. Likely you have some questions or concerns and may wish to talk to me about them or talk to someone else or just have some time to process."

Dear Mom, I Love You (P.S. I'm Poly, Kinky and Queer)

Amy Shiner | Posted 12.13.2011 | Gay Voices
Amy Shiner

I think the saying is true that you will come out more than once in your lifetime if you fall in any range of the GLBT spectrum. I have a triple whammy; I am poly, kinky and queer.

Ke$ha Creates 'We R Who We R' Shirt To Support LGBT Rights, Individuality

Rolling Stone | Posted 12.12.2011 | Impact

Pop singer Ke$ha is taking her huge hit song "We R Who We R" to an even grander stage. Ke$ha' teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign to create a cu...

Ricky Martin, Lance Bass, Others Tweet 'Happy National Coming Out Day!'

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.11.2011 | Gay Voices

Happy National Coming Out Day! The twitterverse has been a buzz all day, as people have been stepping up to support the day, encouraging those read...

Out of the Boxx: I'm Coming Out

Pandora Boxx | Posted 12.11.2011 | Gay Voices
Pandora Boxx

I guess I've had two coming-outs. I'm like a greedy debutante or something. I came out as a raging homosexual and then a fancy fake lady. They actually were about two months apart, so we'll just combined them into one.

Coming Out Day: Who's In?

Jordan Roth | Posted 12.11.2011 | Gay Voices
Jordan Roth

Coming Out Day is not so much about the people yet to come out. It's about the rest of us. It's about being the people they know they can come out to. It's about being the people they know will stand with them.

My Coming Out Story

Hylan Elias Kornfeld | Posted 12.11.2011 | Gay Voices
Hylan Elias Kornfeld

An intense feeling grew in me to tell my family. I felt as if they had this fabricated understanding of who I was based on my Oscar-worthy role as a straight teenager, and I really wanted them to know the real me.