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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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Fox News contributor comes out as gay, talks GOP and religious liberty

Monday, May 4, 2015
Guy Benson
Guy Benson — the baby-faced, fast-talking Fox News contributor who is the political editor at — has something to say. “Guy here,” he writes in his forthcoming book. “So, I’m gay.” [...]

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N.D. lawmaker who voted against LGBT protections admits he’s gay after being caught on Grindr

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Randy Boehning
Randy Boehning, who voted against extending legal protections to gays and lesbians, is defending his decision to send a graphic photo of himself to another user on the gay hook-up app Grindr, telling his hometown newspaper that he is gay and "that's what gay guys do." [...]

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Ohio State NCAA wrestling champion Mike Pucillo comes out as gay

Friday, March 27, 2015
Mike Pucillo
For months, the NCAA wrestling champion from Ohio State had tried time and again to share his biggest secret, but he couldn’t bring himself to verbalize two words. [...]

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‘I am no longer Mia. I never really was’ – A trans teen’s powerful moment of truth

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Moved by the recent death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, 13-year-old Tom Sosnik of Fresno, Calif., stood before his classmates earlier this month to announce that he is transgender. [...]

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Georgia school superintendent confirms he’s gay after local media outs him for using Grindr

Sunday, March 22, 2015
A Georgia school superintendent has confirmed he is gay after reports surfaced in local media that he had used the gay hook-up app Grindr. [...]

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UMass guard Derrick Gordon: Coming out made me a better basketball player

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Derrick Gordon
Gordon became the first openly gay player in men's Division I college basketball when he came out last year, and says it changed his life for the better in every way. [...]

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‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett on gay whispers: ‘I’ve never been in the closet’

Monday, March 9, 2015
Jussie Smollett (left) and Rafael de la Fuente in a scene from Fox's "Empire."
In a back stage interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Jussie Smollett said he has never been "in the closet," but stopped short of actually declaring himself to be gay. [...]

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Study: Coming out at school leads to better outcomes for LGBT youth

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
LGBT teens who come out at high school have better mental health as young adults than those who aren't open with their fellow high school students, according to a new study. [...]

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Minnesota native who stars in hit Russian sitcom comes out as gay

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Odin Biron in the Russian sitcom, "Interns."
Odin Biron, the American-born star of the hit Russian sitcom "Interns," has come out as gay after four years on the show. [...]

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Broadway legend, Oscar winner Joel Grey comes out at 82

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Joel Gray
Joel Grey reached the heights of stage and screen, was married for 24 years and raised two children, but for decades, he kept one aspect of himself decidedly out of the spotlight. Now, at 82, the Cabaret Oscar winner talks for the first time about his sexuality in an interview [...]

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