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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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School blocks speech by valedictorian who planned to come out as gay

Friday, May 29, 2015
Evan Young
A Colorado charter school refused to let a class valedictorian deliver a graduation speech in which he planned to come out as gay, prompting criticism from activists. [...]

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Priest removed from Seton Hall breaks his silence, comes out publicly as gay

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Warren Hall was removed from his post at Seton Hall after he posted a Facebook message supporting the anti-bullying message of the NOH8 campaign. Now he opens up for the first time since his removal, coming out publicly as gay.
Warren Hall was removed from his post at Seton Hall after he posted a Facebook message supporting the NOH8 campaign. Now he opens up for the first time since his removal, coming out publicly as gay. [...]

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New Jersey high school wrestling state champ comes out on college recruiting trip

Monday, May 11, 2015
Alec Donovan
It was on a recruiting trip to Limestone College in South Carolina that Alec Donovan finally answered "the question." [...]

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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 Townhall.com — has something to say. [...]

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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 defended sending a graphic photo of himself to another user on Grindr, because he's 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
Tom-Sosnik
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
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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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