Coming Out

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 25.05.2016 | 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 24.03.2016 | 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 11.02.2016 | 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 19.01.2016 | 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 13.01.2016 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 28.10.2015 | 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...

Minister's Reaction To Her Daughter Coming Out Is Hilarious

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When 22-year-old Bri came out, it wasn't a huge surprise for her mother. In fact, her mum had been waiting (and waiting) for her daughter to "come...

Why LGBT Employees Should Come Out at Work

Ian Johnson | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Ian Johnson

Coming out at work can be difficult for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Even with growing levels of acceptance in some places, many still fear the repercussions of letting work colleagues know their real sexual orientation or gender identity...

Lying in Plain Sight

David Deady | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Parents
David Deady

Where do we stand on telling children why Adam and Steve are holding hands? Is there an appropriate age that something like this should be discussed or is it better for the child to discover of their own accord?

The Six Things I Want My (Gay) Son to Understand

Patrick Roth | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Parents
Patrick Roth

Yes, you're gay and your sexuality influences just about every aspect of your identity, but you are not a gay young man. You are a young man who is gay. You are not my gay son. You are my son who happens to be gay.

I Don't Care That You're Gay, HIV Positive and Hep C Positive: I Love You Anyway

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

I came out in stages, taking my time. I rarely felt under pressure to come out from the people around me. I took the initiative in terms of coming out. I wasn't put on the spot, except at school. I felt a pressure from within, to proclaim who I am and to be authentic to myself.

Read This Dad's Touching Response To His Son Coming Out (And Weep)

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

After coming out to the rest of his family, Sean Bailey knew it was only a matter of time before he had to tell his dad that he was gay. But when B...

Father Reacts To His Twin Sons Coming Out In Touching YouTube Video

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The Rhodes Bros came out to their 60,000 YouTube subscribers in a touching video, showing the conversation where they finally told their father they w...

Coming Out Isn't a One-off Event - You Do It Day After Day for Ever

The Guyliner | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Think you have everybody covered? Relatives, friends, key people at work - check. However, you're not out of the woods yet. We live in a world where there may be equality in law, but socially, we've still a long way to go. Even a simple trip to the doctor, or a casual chat with a colleague, and having to say that dreariest, laborious word "partner", like you're in love with a law firm, is an act of coming out.

Let's Come Out to Stamp Out Homophobia, Together

Liam Beattie | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liam Beattie

For a 16 year old who is confused about their sexuality, to hear, "...that's so gay" on a daily basis in the classroom, they look to their teachers to take a stand and stamp out any behaviour, with absolutely no hesitation. I know that the majority of our teachers would do this, however all teachers must be more confident to tackle this issue straight away.