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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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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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A dad’s surprising response to his gay son’s heart wrenching ‘coming out’

Saturday, September 13, 2014
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My name is James Alexander. I’m 20 years old and reside in a conservative area of Texas where I was born and raised. Throughout my childhood I could tell that I was different. I was quiet, unsure of myself, socially anxious at most times. Before I even connected the word “gay” with two men liking each other, the other kids already had made it part of their vocabulary and readily let me know that I was.

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I may not always understand my gay son, but I always accept him

Thursday, September 11, 2014
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I picked up my 20-something son, David, at the Metro a few weeks ago. After he got into the car, he put out his hands towards me, and asked: “Do you like this color? Kind of a deep purple. I get a lot of compliments on it.” Yes, David wears nail polish — bright, glossy, frequently-changing-colors nail polish. And it doesn’t bother me. In fact, I like the deep purple shade...

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A gay dad’s open letter to the homophobic parents who threw away their gay son

Friday, August 29, 2014
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Another young person has been thrown out of his home for coming out as gay. I have written about this on a number of occasions covering such events in the United States, Nigeria and Uganda. This time the event was recorded. Trying to imagine the evil some people can impart on their children is no longer necessary. Now we can hear them in their own self righteous voices...

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I’m an otherwise straight man (who fell in love with his best friend)

Friday, August 29, 2014
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I’ve always prided myself on being open. I’ll try any new therapy or modality or New Age idea—and, believe me, I’ve tried them all. I’ve done the self-work. I’ve “found myself.” I’ve even practiced my affirmations. I knew who I was, without a doubt. That’s why I found myself in unfamiliar territory when I—the open guy, the “figured out” guy, the unquestionably straight guy—realized that I was in love ...

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