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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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Gay twins whose coming out video went viral, appear with dad on Ellen

Thursday, January 22, 2015
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Popular YouTube vloggers, twins Austin and Aaron Rhodes (The Rhodes Bros.), whose emotional video of them coming out to their father has been viewed nearly 15 million times, were guests this week on the Ellen DeGeneres show. [...]

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Ireland health minister comes out as gay, is country’s first out government figure

Sunday, January 18, 2015
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The announcement by Leo Varadkar received widespread praise for its straightforward honesty. Analysts said his decision was likely to be viewed with hindsight as a landmark of social change in a country that, until 1993, outlawed homosexual acts. [...]

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Former ‘ex-gay poster boy,’ Exodus VP Randy Thomas comes out as gay

Thursday, January 15, 2015
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Former anti-gay activist and conversion therapy proponent Randy Thomas, who once served as vice-president of the now defunct "ex-gay" therapy group Exodus International, has come out as gay. [...]

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Twins, YouTube vloggers come out to their father in emotional video

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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Popular YouTube vloggers, twins Austin and Aaron Rhodes (The Rhodes Bros.), are kicking off 2015 by coming out as gay in an emotional new video in which they share the news with their father. [...]

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Michael Sam: The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL has no regrets

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Former Dallas Cowboys Michael Sam walking on the field before the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 7, 2014. Sam said in a TV documentary that aired Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, that coming out as gay was the right thing to do, although he'd have preferred the news come out after he informed the team that drafted him.
Michael Sam says the the reassuring hand of his partner Vito on his shoulder during the wait to get picked in the NFL draft affirmed his decision to reveal his sexual orientation to the nation. [...]

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YouTube personality Connor Franta comes out as gay

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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Connor Franta, the YouTube personality with a following of over 3.6 million subscribers, has come out as gay in an emotional video posted on his channel. [...]

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Eric Radford: Olympic figure skater, medal-winning family man – and gay

Friday, December 5, 2014
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Figure skater Eric Radford, a member of the Canadian team that won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Sochi this year, has come out as gay. [...]

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Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott comes out as gay

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott says he is gay, the latest such disclosure in sports. [...]

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

Friday, November 21, 2014
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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 [...]

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