National Coming Out Day

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Coming Out – Yes, it still does matter

Friday, October 11, 2013
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. Truthfully, most people believe that just saying the words “I’m gay” means you’ve come out. In a sense it does, however, the real coming out, in my opinion, is when you look at that reflection you see in the mirror and say “I’m Gay” and you don’t look away in shame – that’s when you’ve come out. [ Read more → ]
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Nine things NOT to do when you come out of the closet

Friday, October 11, 2013
National Coming Out Day is an important day not only for those who make the move and come out, but also for everyone else to be aware of the process. It is the process where an individual becomes more honest about who they are, even at the risk of public or private scorn and ridicule. The substance of “coming out” is truth. On the individual level, by telling the truth about myself, I know I gained a fuller anchor in my own life... [ Read more → ]
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Today is National Coming Out Day

Friday, October 11, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Rebecca Julius

Minnesota college student wants everyone to know she really hates gays

Saturday, October 20, 2012
LGBT student groups and gay-straight alliances in high schools and colleges across the country often sell T-shirts for National Coming Out Day to raise funds and spread awareness about the LGBT community, but one student at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN., decided to use that day to spread a bigoted, hateful message... [ Read more → ]
Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter thinks family rejection of LGBT youth is a joke

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter decided last night to make a joke about family rejection of LGBT youth. ... There was a time in our culture's history when, if thousands of LGBT kids were to come out on the same day, the next week genuinely would be exactly what Ann describes, all across the country... [ Read more → ]
James Clementi

James Clementi, off-Broadway cast of ‘Bare’ encourage gay teens to come out

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Growing up in Ridgewood, N.J., James Clementi said he did not know of any gay people. And while he did suspect that his younger brother Tyler was also gay, he kept his own sexual orientation a secret from his family for another seven years — even during the months after his brother's well publicized suicide two years ago. [ Read more → ]
Timothy-Kurek

‘The Cross in the Closet’ — A straight Christian lives ‘openly gay’ for a year

Thursday, October 11, 2012
As the LGBT community marked "National Coming Out Day" this week, there is one story that stands out in its uniqueness. Timothy Kurek, a straight man who said he was brought up to believe that homosexuality was a sin, decided that he would explore that what it would be like to be a gay man for a year... [ Read more → ]
sd-pride

Coming Out: It will change your life

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Life as a homosexual isn’t an easy life. From the time you know you’re gay until the moment you say out loud to the world around you: “I’m gay” could be 10 years, 15 years 30 years or in my case, 50 years. Some people never find the courage to say it out loud and live their lives hidden in shame and denial... [ Read more → ]
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National Coming Out Day: Achieving progress through visibility

Thursday, October 11, 2012
On our road to equality, perhaps we’ll meet a day when “coming out” becomes a thing of the past. There will be no perception of difference, no fear, no worry and no anxiety. No declarations, no announcements, no revelations need be made. Nothing is questioned or second-guessed... [ Read more → ]
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Coming Out: ‘I am happy with my life and to me, that’s all that matters’

Thursday, October 11, 2012
I came out to my family as lesbian. My family are hardcore Baptists, Christians, and not only didn't believe me -- my mother, a Registered Nurse kept telling me, "It's a phase, it's a phase, you'll grow out of it." But they didn't accept it, or me, for that matter. [ Read more → ]
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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Coming Out in this country is something which has changed a great deal since I was a kid. For many young people today (though certainly not all), the process has become far less traumatic. The act of telling a friend or family member that you’re gay is now frequently met with a “so?” and a “cool, let’s go to a gay bar!” [ Read more → ]
National Coming Out Day logo designed by Keith Haring

Today is ‘National Coming Out Day’

Thursday, October 11, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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