Coming Out

My Transgender Transition: Coming Out to Family and Friends

Jayden Ray Billington | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayden Ray Billington

Coming out as trans to my friends and family was both the easiest and the hardest thing I have ever faced. I had touched upon the subject with two friends in a light hearted manner to see what their reaction would be a few months prior to 'coming out' but I was not ready to fully engage with them the depths of how I felt or how serious I truly was...

A Big Thank You to the Anti-Gay Critics of Disney's Frozen

Leigh Clark | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Leigh Clark

THANK YOU for pointing out Frozen's repressed lesbian allegory, because now my family and I can re-watch the award-winning film, and the many that came before it and consume them all from an enlightened fresh perspective. We can now enjoy Disney the gay way.

Coming Out for Sochi

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

Sexuality is beautifully fluid in nature and can continue to evolve over the course of my life, then by definition I do not accept other people's expression of sexuality either. And that's a problem. Which is why I'm coming out for Sochi. Do you dare?

Not (Just) Another Tom Daley Blog

Chris Godfrey | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Godfrey

We may never get to the stage where a celebrity's sexual status isn't news, but this is nothing to be ashamed about. Just as we have the pleasure of supporting and celebrating Tom Daley's sporting achievements we too have the pleasure of supporting and (maybe, just maybe) celebrating what he will no doubt remember as one of the defining moments of his life.

Why Is Tom Daley's Coming Out Story a Media Frenzy?

Jack Rattenbury | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jack Rattenbury

Olympic diver Tom Daley, came out as bisexual yesterday, admitting he has been in a relationship with a man since spring this year. This story blew up all over the media and social network. Gay men were celebrating, straight girls were upset.

'I'm Still Tom': Why Tom Daley's Coming Out Video Is the Perfect Rebuttal to Russian Olympic Bigotry

Ben Walters | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Sport
Ben Walters

What's most heartening about the public response is that the UK seems to agree. That's good for Tom. It's good for us. And it's good for the world - especially when discussion of the Olympics and LGBT identity is currently dominated by Russian lawmakers' repeated insistence ahead of next year's Winter Olympics at Sochi that the mere acknowledgement of being gay is an act of political propaganda. I'm not, by and large, a patriotic sort. But the huge outpouring of support that has greeted Daley's simple statement has made me proud to be British today. That's partly because it shows how firmly recognition of and respect for LGBT people's basic humanity and dignity has taken root in mainstream society.

Being Honest, Changing Minds

B.J. Epstein | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

Some people simply have ideas they haven't reconsidered in years. They think that they don't know gays and that gay issues have nothing to do with them. They don't see why they should think about equal rights or about health issues or about their stereotyped views of humourless lesbians and camp men.

Bullet Point

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Tafari Rose

I used to braid my great granny's Jamaican head of hair. That's when my daddy noticed I was queer. That's the time my big brother started to disappear. That's when the fear begun to be there for me. That's when the bullying begun. That's when he first pointed the gun.

Out Here

B.J. Epstein | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

How often do young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer children or young adults see positive reflections of themselves and their lives in literature, in the media, on TV, or in films? When will they be featured in a documentary? When will they learn that they too are productive, welcomed, supported members of society who have bright futures ahead of them?

Granfather's Writes Touching Letter About His Gay Grandson

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK

In what has to be a contender for letter of the year, this handwritten note was penned by a distraught grandfather after his daughter had thrown out h...

Come Out Ahead: The Benefits of Coming Out

B.J. Epstein | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

LGBTQ people want the freedom to live their lives without having to hide aspects of themselves and without having to face prejudice. That's why coming out is so important. When people come out, they say, "This is who I am. This is what I am like. Accept me for who I am." Coming out enables people to be confident in who and what they are.

Coming Out as Transgender at School or College

Catherine McNamara | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Catherine McNamara

If a person attending a single-sex girls school identifies as a transgender boy and wants their teachers and peers to treat them as the boy they feel themselves to be, what happens? What's their experience like, as they try to learn and achieve and create a future for themselves?

#Equal: The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Tafari Rose

The bullet that assassinated Harvey Milk; the ligature that loosed us of Justin Fashanu; the odium that obliterated Matthew Shepard; the rising gay teen suicide rate that claimed Clementi and Rodemeyer and thousands more throughout schools across the globe, and now DOMA and Prop8, are things that should have broken us and yet they have saved us by forcing us hidden homos into an ostensible openness.

Living the Life I Love: I Tick My Box

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Tafari Rose

2013-02-14-ADayInTheQueerLifeBanner.jpgA week prior to my birthday an immediate family member, so repulsed by my lifestyle, threatened me with a ten-inch green handled screwdriver and banned his only child from communicating with me, insinuating that I would abuse him and was a present hazard to his and any other child. All of this is what now led me to vacillate over ticking the gay box when asked my sexual orientation in an application to facilitate child learning (which I have done for 17 years). What if, I thought, there are others like him?! "Safer for who?" asked mum. "You just started being yourself; now you're ready to be someone else again! Stop running."

Are You 'Coming Out' as You Are?

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

In what seems like another life, I was a medical student in the mid-80s. The New Romantic movement had only just begun its steep decline, along with my spiked-up straw-dyed hair. Around then, one of my clinical tutors died from Aids. Fellow students whispered that he was gay and "promiscuous". So then, otherwise caring people were implying that he deserved to die from HIV.

Queering the Game

B.J. Epstein | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Sport
B.J. Epstein

As tennis player and gay rights activist Billie Jean King has suggested, this news item is great, but it's also a shame in a way - it would be better if people didn't need to come out, and if instead everyone were accepted for who they are. We shouldn't have to defend ourselves, but since the world isn't yet at that stage, unfortunately we still need people such as Jason Collins.

'I’ve Known You Were Gay Since You Were Six, I’ve Loved You Since You Were Born’: Father's Touching Note To Worried Son

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK

A father who overheard his gay son making a nervous phone call about “coming out” left him this heartwarming note. The touching letter reassur...

The Five Most Annoying Things About Being Gay

Scott Bryan | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Bryan

The 'supposed' assumed lifestyle of being gay is all, I admit, just a bit alienating to me. It always has been. I've felt in the past like I've been pushed into a group or associated with particular labels for no particular reason.

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

Adele Roberts | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Adele Roberts

I feel there's a change, a positive movement towards acceptance, inclusion and honesty. I used to think I was the only one. The only gay in the village. Yeah, I knew KD Lang was my homegirl and Ellen was too but they were celebrities. I was hardly going to see them around my local Spar. They seemed so far away.

Jodie Foster and the Silence of the Gays

Daniel Warner | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Warner

I like Jodie Foster. She comes across as a focused, successful, beautiful and loving woman, who just happens to be gay, and maybe by concentrating on her family and career, rather than her identifying herself publicly as a lesbian for the last twenty years, that's exactly what people should accept her for.

'If People Aren't Comfortable With Your Honesty - Their Loss My Friend'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

If you're in need of having your faith in humanity restored, then a teacher's touching note on a student's essay about coming out as gay is a sure fir...

The Sky Hasn't Fallen - Gay Boxer Orlando Cruz Joins Frank Ocean in the Fight For a Better Future

Jaime Gill | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Sport
Jaime Gill

Tonight, boxer Orlando Cruz will step into the ring for the biggest fight of his professional life. If he can defeat Jorge Pazos, he'll be one step away from becoming featherweight world champion. Just a fortnight ago he braced himself for an arguably bigger challenge - becoming the first actively competing boxer to announce he was gay.

Come Out, Come Out

B.J. Epstein | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK
B.J. Epstein

Come out, come out, wherever you are. It's time to tell your friends, relatives, peers, colleagues, and others that you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer, because the 11th of October is International Coming-Out Day.

21st Century Young Gay Man

William S | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
William S

I've been lucky; being a young gay man in the 21st Century is certainly different to that of fifty, or even ten, years ago. In essence the law is now on my side, I can love another man freely, I can get engaged and have a civil partnership and, should I wish to do so, adopt children.

Coming Out Is SO In

Ciaran W | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK
Ciaran W

I regularly attend a social group for Gay and Bisexual men in a Major city in England. It's a fantastic way to meet friends and drinking buddies alike. It's also a powerful tool to remind myself that there are other strong minded people out there like me.