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Coming Out

Coming out (of the closet) is a reference for an LGBT person's disclosure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. LGBT people who have revealed, or no longer conceal, their sexual orientation and/or gender identity are considered “out,” i.e. openly gay, or openly LGBT.

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Country music singers Ty Herndon, Billy Gilman come out as gay

Friday, November 21, 2014
Ty Herndon (left) and Billy Gillman
In separate announcements Thursday, country music singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman came out as gay. Herdon went first, in interviews with People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight. His announcement inspired Gilman to do go public as well in a You Tube video posted just a few hours later.

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Latvia foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics via Twitter: ‘I proudly announce I’am gay’

Friday, November 7, 2014
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RIGA, Latvia -- Latvia's Foreign Minister has announced on Twitter that he's gay, becoming the first openly homosexual Cabinet member in the Baltic country. Edgars Rinkevics late Thursday wrote a tweet in Latvian in support of legal recognition of gay partnerships with the hashtag "Proudtobegay." He followed up with another tweet in English saying...

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New Zealand Olympic rower Robbie Manson comes out as gay

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
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Robbie Manson, Olympic rower for New Zealand, has come out publicly as gay, and talks about his struggles in the closet and coming out to friends before the 2012 Olympics.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

Thursday, October 30, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. The executive said that for years he's been open ...

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Coming Out – Yes, it still does matter

Saturday, October 11, 2014
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I didn’t come out until I was 50. In those 50 years I lied, cheated on a husband, denied who I was and tried desperately to be the daughter, sister, wife, cousin, friend that I was expected to be. It didn’t work – it never works. And those who believe that to be gay is a choice we make, well, they will never, ever understand the struggle that takes place within most of our souls....

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Today is National Coming Out Day

Saturday, October 11, 2014
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Today, October 11, is National Coming Out Day -- the internationally observed day to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and LGBT civil rights movement.

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Rabbi of prominent D.C. synagogue tells congregation: ‘I am a gay man’

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf
WASHINGTON -- The rabbi of a prominent synagogue in Washington D.C. is telling his congregants that he's gay, and that he and his wife of 20 years are divorcing. The Washington Post reports Rabbi Gil Steinlauf sent an email Monday to the 1,400 households of Adas Israel Congregation, saying he could no longer deny his homosexuality.

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A letter to the ‘Christian’ mom wishing death for her disabled lesbian daughter

Sunday, October 5, 2014
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Public disapproval over who could marry whom was an issue for Kelly’s family early on. Her father is black, and her mother is white. Kelly and her brother were bullied frequently in the small town in Alabama. They were the only mixed race kids in town. Kelly was quiet and shy and kept to herself. When she was 16, Kelly found a name for the identity that had been growing within her: lesbian....

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Imagine thinking that all it takes to eradicate love is to say, ‘I’m gay.’

Saturday, September 27, 2014
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It is very difficult to accurately describe the terror, trepidation and insecurity that accompanies a “coming out” moment. Especially if that “moment” is to a parent. The only way I can describe it is: Imagine all the things your parents love about you, all the things they admire and all the things they are proud of when they talk about you to their friends. And imagine feeling that there are two words you might say that could destroy all of that.

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Soldier of Change: From the closet to the forefront of the gay rights movement

Saturday, September 27, 2014
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I really hated my life. I hated living like I was in prison. It was hurting my relationship. And it was all so fucking stupid. Was this a “special privilege”? Was this about sex? I was not asking to have sex in the military. If given the chance of a rebuttal after Mr. Santorum answered my question with his “sex has no place in the military” and “gay people want special privileges” rhetoric, I would have told him that story.

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