Coming Out

Coming Out As A Politician

Hannah Bardell | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Politics
Hannah Bardell

Ultimately, it was standing for election and becoming a politician that tipped the balance for me. I realised that I could not, in all conscience, be an authentic politician if I wasn't honest with myself about who I really was. However, coming out also nearly stopped me from standing for election. I was simply terrified what would befall me if I had to come out publicly. I grossly underestimated how far LGBT rights and perceptions of LGBT people had come.

Coming Out Accelerated My Career Trajectory

Josh Graff | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Josh Graff

For good or bad, the coming out process also helped me develop an amazing level of resilience. In today's ever-changing work environment, I would argue that resilience is one of the most important character traits and as a community, it's a skill that we've developed over many years pretending to be someone we're not. Now we can put that skill to great use within our professional lives in a positive and productive way.

Vlogger Comes Out To His Five-Year-Old Brother On Camera And His Reaction Is Everything

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When a vlogger came out to his five-year-old brother on camera, he received a better reaction than he ever could have imagined. Oliver Potter, who po...

This Teen Came Out To Her 'Homophobic Family' On Instagram And People Are Loving It

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A 17-year-old has gained fans around the world after coming out to her family on Instagram. Ellisa, who says some members of her family hold homophobi...

This 96-Year-Old Great Grandfather Proves It's Never Too Late To Come Out

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

At 96 years old, Roman Blank has lived through it all: he escaped the Holocaust during World War II and moved to America with his wife Ruth, who he st...

This Woman Came Out On Facebook In The Most Hilarious But Beautiful Way

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A student and model has been hailed as an LGBT+ icon around the world for the ingenious way she came out to friends and family. Two years ago Poppy Da...

Pride And Joy: How I Changed My Mind About Becoming An LGBT Parent

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

Rachel and a long-standing gay male friend had joked for years about becoming parents together. Eventually, we plucked up our courage and asked him and his partner whether they'd consider embarking on parenthood with us - not as a joke, but for real.

Coming Out, I Thought I'd Never Get To Be A Dad

Tuvia Borok | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents
Tuvia Borok

I'm still very much gay, but I'm a dad first. I don't think the things I do are "gay" dad things (OK, yes, the Spotify playlist that we dance to around the house may differ to my straight counterparts), they are just "dad" things.

When The World Doesn't Know You Exist: Coming Out As Non-Binary

Vesper Hill | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Vesper Hill

Hello, my name's Vesper. I'm a 31 year old non-binary person who's here today to tell you that gender is a much more beautifully complex thing than society would have you believe. That some people, such as myself, are neither male nor female but a different gender(s) entirely.

How Helpful Is National Coming Out Day?

Anna Tippett | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tippett

October 11th marks National Coming Out Day (NCOD), a significant date in the ever-growing LGBT calendar of awareness events. The day does what it says on the tin, aiming to celebrate and draw attention to the experience of coming out which has become a 'rite of passage' for many (but not all) LGBT people.

This Teenager Came Out To Her Family While Riding 'Splash Mountain' And It's So Good

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A teenager has come out to her family in the best possible way - while on a water ride at Disneyland. Gina, originally from California, was visiting ...

Let's Just Say, I'm One of the Lucky Ones: My Coming Out Story

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

Coming out as gay was probably one of the biggest challenges I have faced in my life. I was frightened and it made me feel so ashamed, for being But now, I'm not scared. The word 'gay', in secondary school was used often; in the classroom, lunchtime and even within my own circle of friends. It would be used jokingly, but every time I heard the word, I just sunk lower in my seat.

So Here It Is... My Coming Out

Emma Healey | Posted 25.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Healey

I don't want to live a double life. I don't want to be involved in LGBT activism and still in the closet. I don't want to hide. So I guess, here it is, my coming out: I am Emma Healey, as it stands I am interested in women. It might stay this way - it might not. All the matters is who I am now - and that person is happy.

Trans Guy Comes Out To Friends And Family In The Most Brilliant Way

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Coming out as transgender to your family and friends isn't easy, which is why Henry Tadebois decided to tell his loved-ones with a hearty dose of humo...

My Summer: A Holiday to Be Forgotten

Chris Williams | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Williams

When I arrived home from my year abroad in France I was ecstatic to be leaving behind nine months of bad manners, public urination and pretentious att...

Mum Celebrates Gay Son By Placing Newspaper Ad

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

"Coming out is probably the most awkward, fumbling thing you could ever imagine," wrote HuffPost UK video writer Eve Hartley, but it helps when you ha...

Coming Out: What It Does and Doesn't Tell Us About the State of LGBT Equality

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

When Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, came out as gay last week, many people sat back and awaited the inevitable. From "Isn't he brave?" to "This shows how far we have come!", the subsequent reactions were entirely predictable.

Why "We All Knew!" Is the Worst Thing to Say When Somebody Comes Out

The Guyliner | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

It's a big deal. You can't guess the reaction - even from the people you love and trust the most. But there comes a point where you simply must come out because if you don't, you are living a lie and, for most of us, that simply isn't appealing. The day has to come. Today was that day for Conservative MP and cabinet minister David Mundell. We can assume at the age of 53, he's had plenty of time to think long and hard about whether to do this. In his statement, Mundell, who is the Scottish Secretary and has three children, talked of a "New Year, new start" and "one of the most important decisions of my life".

Why Teachers Must Come Out

Anna Tippett | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tippett

In keeping with the mantra of gay rights activist Harvey Milk - visibility is key. It is the most powerful tool for social change. Visibility changes perceptions. Visibility saves lives.

Guy Comes Out To His 'Conservative' Dad, And Gets The Most Heartwarming, Emotional Text In Response

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A 20-year-old whose 'conservative' father found out his son was gay on Snapchat has shared the touching, emotional response he received from his dad. ...

Oh, To Be a Young Gay Man Again? Errm, No Thanks, It's Harder Than Ever

Matt Bagwell | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Bagwell

I can't quite believe I'm saying this but next year marks my 25th anniversary as an out and proud gay man... It feels like yesterday, but a lot has happened in the last two and a half decades that has made me thankful that I'm not 19 again, despite the perception that things are now a lot easier for young gay men and women.

Footballers Ready to Come Out HAS to Be Headline News

David Mooney | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Sport
David Mooney

It was during a recent Premier League encounter that a group of the home fans discussed whether or not calling someone a "tart" for remaining on the g...

My Help and Advice With This Whole Coming Out Thing

Eve Hartley | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Eve Hartley

Coming out is probably the most awkward, fumbling thing you could ever imagine. It's like being inside a really warm closet filled with fluffy jackets, but where all the coat hooks are stabbing at you. It's something that doesn't just happen once; it has to be done on a constant basis. And despite what everyone says, taking the leap of faith is not the only option. Unfortunately, before you read any further, you need to know that there's no right and no wrong answer. All I can tell you are the things that I have learned in my 21 years of being a booted-and-sometimes-suited lesbian. My ramblings are not the definitive answer to dealing with sexuality. All I hope is that they provide a little light relief.

Dear Weirdos: You Are Loved, You Are Valued, You Are Amazing

Stephen Donnan | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Donnan

It took a long time for me to realise, with the help of counsellors at the Rainbow Project and Lifeline (two fantastic resources that I was able to use to save my own life) that I am loved, I am valued and I am as deserving of happiness as anyone else. But it has to start with accepting yourself first.

Lucy Sherriff

Joey Graceffa Explains What It's Like To Come Out To Four Million Followers On YouTube | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Joey Graceffa is a 24-year-old singer, author and vlogger, with more than 4.7m subscribers to his YouTube channel, and another 2.3m followers on his I...