Coming Out

Coming out (of the closet) is a figure of speech 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 LGBT. Oppositely, LGBT people who have yet to come out or have opted not to do so are labelled as “closeted,” or being in the closet.

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Derrick-Gordon

Derrick Gordon: ‘I couldn’t go on hiding and being somebody I’m not’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In one of his first live interviews since coming out as gay earlier Wednesday, University of Massachusetts sophomore Derrick Gordon speaks with NBC’s joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the historic moment. [ Read more → ]
Derrick Gordon

UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon comes out as gay

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. -- UMass guard Derrick Gordon has become the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball. [ Read more → ]
Kristen Kish

‘Top Chef’ winner Kristen Kish reveals she’s in a same-sex relationship

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Kristen Kish, the 2012 winner of Top Chef and only the second female in the show’s history to win the title, has come out, revealing in a New York Times profile that she is in a relationship with another woman. [ Read more → ]
Via: Outsports.comMitch Eby

NCAA college football defensive end Mitch Eby comes out as gay

Monday, March 31, 2014
ORANGE, Calif. -- Mitch Eby, a junior defensive end at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., has come out as gay, delivering a moving coming-out speech to his teammates on March 18 that sent them into applause. [ Read more → ]
Mike Deerkoski (Wikimedia)Tyler Glenn

Neon Trees’ lead vocalist Tyler Glenn comes out as gay

Monday, March 24, 2014
Tyler Glenn, the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Neon Trees, has come out as gay. [ Read more → ]
Taylor Ellis

Arkansas high school censors yearbook profile of gay student’s coming out

Sunday, March 16, 2014
SHERIDAN, Ark. -- Administrators at an Arkansas high school are refusing to allow an interview with an openly gay student in this year’s yearbook because he discusses his sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Klingenschmitt

Klingenschmitt: ‘It’s a tragedy every time somebody comes out of the closet’

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
On today’s “Pray In Jesus Name” program, Former Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt interviewed conservative author Michel Brown about a variety of issues, including the announcement by NFL prospect Michael Sam that he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Kristian Nairn

‘Game of Thrones’ actor Kristian Nairn comes out as gay

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Kristian Nairn, the Irish actor best known for his portrayal of “Hodor” on the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” said Tuesday that he is gay, telling an interviewer for WinterIsComing.net that he’s been waiting for someone to ask the question, because “it’s not something you just blurt out.” [ Read more → ]
Matt Dooley

Notre Dame’s Matt Dooley: The hardest person to tell he is gay was himself

Friday, March 7, 2014
Notre Dame tennis player Matt Dooley said the hardest person to tell he was gay was himself. "Saying gay for the first time was extremely tough, almost choking, because you know your life will never be the same. That was the hardest part, to move forward from there," the 22-year-old senior said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APSteve Gallardo

Ariz. lawmaker comes out: ‘I am gay, I’m a Latino, I’m a state senator and it’s OK’

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo of Phoenix has come out as gay, becoming the third openly gay lawmaker in the Arizona state legislature. [ Read more → ]
Mark D. Sickles

Va. state delegate comes out, becomes second openly gay state lawmaker

Saturday, February 22, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia delegate from Fairfax has become the second openly gay member of the state legislature. Del. Mark D. Sickles announced that he is gay in a Washington Post opinion column on Friday. [ Read more → ]
Ellen Page

Actress Ellen Page comes out as gay: ‘I’m tired of lying by omission’

Friday, February 14, 2014
Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page announced Friday at an LGBT youth conference in Las Vegas that she is gay. [ Read more → ]
L.G. Patterson, AP"Sam" is spelled in the snow on the north side of Missouri's Memorial Stadium, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 in support of Missouri's All-America defensive end Michael Sam, in Columbia, Mo. Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Sam came out to the entire country Sunday night, Feb. 9, 2014, and could become the first openly gay player in America's most popular sport.

Mizzou officials applaud Michael Sam’s ‘courage’

Monday, February 10, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Michael Sam first revealed he was gay at one of the football team's get-acquainted dinners last summer. The next day, Sam told the entire team. [ Read more → ]
White-House

White House appaluds Michael Sam’s coming out: ‘An inspiration to all of us’

Monday, February 10, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The White House is applauding a University of Missouri football player's decision to announce that he is gay, with President Barack Obama's spokesman, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all portraying him as a courageous and inspirational athlete. [ Read more → ]
G.M. Andrews, APMichael Sam, at the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Mobile, Ala.

Michael Sam bravely comes out … Now what?

Monday, February 10, 2014
Finally, we'll get to see how this plays out, an openly gay player lining up in America's most popular sport. Finally, we'll get to see what barriers we've broken down and, more important, what hurdles remain when someone acknowledges they are gay, then competes with and against guys who may be repelled by the notion of having a relationship with another man. Because of Michael Sam, it will be easier for the next guy. And the guy after that. But for all the progress this country has made in gay rights, there will surely be plenty of ugliness in the weeks and months and years to come. [ Read more → ]
Michael Sam

Michael Sam’s coming out: Tolerance is about to be tested in the NFL

Monday, February 10, 2014
Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League. And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Missouri’s All-America defensive end came out to the entire country Sunday night and could become the first openly gay player in America’s most popular sport. [ Read more → ]
APMichael Sam

All-American defensive lineman, NFL prospect Michael Sam comes out as gay

Sunday, February 9, 2014
Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly gay player in the NFL. [ Read more → ]
Chandler Whitney

College baseball player, boyfriend of Conner Mertens, comes out as gay

Monday, February 3, 2014
It was just last week when Willamette University kicker Conner Mertens announced he is bisexual, becoming the first college football player to publicly identify as a member of the LGBT community while still active in his sport. [ Read more → ]
Ari-Pekka Liukkonen

Finnish Olympic swimmer comes out ahead of Sochi games

Sunday, February 2, 2014
Finnish Olympic swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen has come out as gay, saying he wants to talk publicly about his sexual orientation close to the Sochi Olympic games to help raise awareness of Russia’s controversial anti-gay "propaganda" law. [ Read more → ]
Ivan-and-Thor

The Adventures of Ivan and Thor: A Coming Out story

Friday, January 31, 2014
I never imagined the day I'd come out. For a long time, I lived in the same fear that many others currently live in. With the help of my best-four-legged-friend, Thor, I decided to make this video and share my coming out story... [ Read more → ]
APConner Mertens

Willamette kicker is first active college football player to come out as LGBT

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- Williamette University freshman kicker Conner Mertens has come out as bisexual, becoming the first active college football player to come out as LGBT. [ Read more → ]
BBCBinyavanga Wainaina

Kenyan author comes out as gay in response to anti-laws in Africa

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Binyavanga Wainaina, the African author, journalist and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, has announced he is gay to protest laws criminalizing homosexuality on the continent. [ Read more → ]
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Champion Brazilian diver Ian Matos comes out as gay

Monday, January 13, 2014
Champion Brazilian diver Ian Matos has come out publicly as gay in an interview with the newspaper Correio. [ Read more → ]
T-Hitzlsperger

Hitzlsperger hopes his coming out will make it easier for other gay athletes

Thursday, January 9, 2014
BERLIN -- Encouraged by others who have come out as gay, retired soccer player Thomas Hitzlsperger is hoping going public will help make it easier for other sporting stars to do the same. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.)

The ‘outing’ of Aaron Schock: It actually matters how he plays in Peoria

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
YES – it is the media’s responsibility to accurately report on hypocrisy. For reporters to specifically exclude facts about gay hypocrites is itself, a hostile act proclaiming homosexuality is so shameful that it is exempted from the normal rules of good journalism. Unfortunately, journalist Itay Hod jumped the gun and spoke out before he presented any indisputable evidence. As far as I’m concerned, Congressman Aaron Schock is still a gay bashing heterosexual Republican who simply has a bit of fashion sense… [ Read more → ]
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