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December 29, 2013
GMA anchor Robin Roberts, who hasn’t exactly had the easiest of times in recent years due to a series of health issues (including a bone marrow transplant in 2012), took to her Facebook page to reflect on the people who helped her get through the difficult times—including her longtime girlfriend, Amber. It was the first time Roberts had publicly revealed that she was gay, though it had long been known among family and friends.

GMA anchor Robin Roberts, who hasn’t exactly had the easiest of times in recent years due to a series of health issues (including a bone marrow transplant in 2012), took to her Facebook page to reflect on the people who helped her get through the difficult times—including her longtime girlfriend, Amber. It was the first time Roberts had publicly revealed that she was gay, though it had long been known among family and friends.

17:15 // 6 months ago
December 2, 2013
Of course I still fancy girls, but right now I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier.
British Olympic swimmer Tom Daley, speaking in a video about his love life, a move that he says was driven by a report in the Daily Mirror that misquoted him—a report that led to responses like this one. While Daley wishes he didn’t have to make the video at all, he says he’s been in a relationship with a man for several months.
9:23 // 7 months ago
June 14, 2013
pewresearch:

12 is the median age at which lesbian, gay and bisexual adults first felt they might be something other than heterosexual or straight. Among those who have “come out” to a family member or close friend, 20 is the median age at which they first did so.

“I really have not had to tell anyone. I am usually asked. My parents still do not understand, and it is something that is never discussed with my family.”
— 52 year old gay man

Our interactive data explorer lets you sort through a variety of personal coming-out experiences.

Recommend checking out the data explorer, which lets you filter by age. One of the respondents was 86.

pewresearch:

12 is the median age at which lesbian, gay and bisexual adults first felt they might be something other than heterosexual or straight. Among those who have “come out” to a family member or close friend, 20 is the median age at which they first did so.

“I really have not had to tell anyone. I am usually asked. My parents still do not understand, and it is something that is never discussed with my family.”

— 52 year old gay man

Our interactive data explorer lets you sort through a variety of personal coming-out experiences.

Recommend checking out the data explorer, which lets you filter by age. One of the respondents was 86.

11:40 // 1 year ago
April 29, 2013
digg:

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” - Jason Collins

"The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully? When I told Joe [Kennedy, a Massachusetts congressman and Collins’ college roommate] a few weeks ago that I was gay, he was grateful that I trusted him. He asked me to join him [at Boston’s gay pride parade] in 2013. We’ll be marching on June 8.”

digg:

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” - Jason Collins

"The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully? When I told Joe [Kennedy, a Massachusetts congressman and Collins’ college roommate] a few weeks ago that I was gay, he was grateful that I trusted him. He asked me to join him [at Boston’s gay pride parade] in 2013. We’ll be marching on June 8.”

11:18 // 1 year ago
March 24, 2013
10:14 // 1 year ago
October 4, 2012
I developed physically and mentally to take such a big step in my life and in my profession, which is boxing, knowing that it would have pros and cons, highs and lows in this sport that is so macho. I kept this hidden for many, many years.
Puerto Rican featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz • Revealing his homosexuality in an Associated Press interview — making him one of the first openly gay professional athletes still in active competition. The 31-year-old Cruz, who has a WBO Latino title match in two weeks, made the announcement with the full support of his family. Response has been positive so far, by the way — as it should be.
20:32 // 1 year ago
July 2, 2012
I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.
The key quote from Anderson Cooper’s letter to Andrew Sullivan where he admits that he’s gay.
11:17 // 2 years ago
May 27, 2012
The DC Comics character revealed to be gay? The Green Lantern — at least that’s what (Washington) DC’s Metro Weekly says.

The DC Comics character revealed to be gay? The Green Lantern — at least that’s what (Washington) DC’s Metro Weekly says.

23:34 // 2 years ago
October 17, 2011

Big kudos to ABC World News Now host Dan Kloeffler.  Not only did he come out while broadcasting on-air — itself an incredibly courageous thing to do — but he did it in a casual, nonchalant way. No big, dramatic announcement; Kloeffer just off-handedly dropped it during a story about actor Zachary Quinto. “He’s thirty-four, I’m thirty-five,” Kloeffler said about Quinto, who also just came out. “I’m thinking, I can lose my distraction about dating actors for that one.” Kloeffler didn’t present it as a game-changing fact of outsized importance, but just a part of who he is. This is the kind of thing that helps encourage — however slightly — mainstream acceptance of different sexualities, even. source

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23:06 // 2 years ago
October 16, 2011
When i found out that Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself — I felt deeply troubled. But when I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer had made an it gets better video only months before taking his own life — I felt indescribable despair. I also made an it gets better video last year—in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time. But in light of Jamey’s death — it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it — is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.
"Star Trek" and "Heroes" star Zachary Quinto, explaining why he chose to come out. To put it simply, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer’s death really hit him hard. “Jamey Rodemeyer’s life changed mine,” he writes. “And while his death only makes me wish that i had done this sooner — I am eternally grateful to him for being the catalyst for change within me.” Coming out on its own is a brave move; but Quinto’s emotionally complex reasons for doing so only give the decision higher impact.
16:08 // 2 years ago