Earlier this week, teenager Zach Gibson came out as gay on Facebook. His mother found out about her son’s sexual orientation through the social networking site and penned the touching letter above, noting that she loved him very much, but he really needed to do something about those empty soda bottles (they attract ants!). Zach posted the letter and it immediately went viral, which blew Zach and his family away. “When I came out last week, I never expected this much support,” he wrote on the Facebook wall of the NoH8 campaign. “I knew my mom would be fine with it, but I never expected this letter and I never expected this many people to spread it around. This means so much.” [NoH8 Campaign]
A dad overheard his son talking on the phone about coming out to his parents, and decided to write a pre-emptive letter to his kid, letting him know that he and the entire family supported him no matter what. The letter details that his father knew from the time his son Nate was very young that he was gay, and even makes a total dad “out” joke. If you don’t smile or tear up a little at this, well, maybe you’re a little dead inside. [FCKH8]
Any difficult conversation is made easier with cake, and in this picture that I’ve seen floating around the Interwebs, a girl named Laurel comes out to her mom and dad via baked goods. (Although cupcakes probably would have been gayer. C’mon, Laurel.)
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“[Coming out] was about my own sanity and my ability to feel like I’m living a life where … I’m happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin’ boulder on my chest. … I wished at 13 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way.”
– R&B singer Frank Ocean, on coming out at age 24. [The Guardian]
“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. … 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. Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country. … I believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society — and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action.”
– Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in J.J. Abrams “Star Trek” movie, confirmed reports that he is gay in a blog entry posted to his website. The blog post was prompted by an interview with Quinto in this week’s issue of New York in which he “officially” confirmed for the first time that he is gay after somewhat dodging rumors for years. Keep reading »
Happy Coming Out Day, everyone. We are sending lots of love to our gay, lesbian, trans, bi, and queer readers! In the spirit of acceptance, we’ve rounded up 14 inspiring coming-out tales from 14 gay and lesbian celebs. And here’s hoping anyone’s impending coming-out is more “Monster Ball” than “Westboro Baptist Church”!
Tonight, in honor of National Coming Day, MTV is running a one hour documentary special, titled simply “Coming Out.” It follows several people as they come out to their friends and family — and shares both the good and bad reactions these kids face. In the trailer clip, above, college student Nevin makes the difficult decision to come out to his fellow rugby team members. Watch their surprising responses and check out the full episode tonight on MTV at 7 p.m.
I’d stay up until 3 or 4 a.m. the room lit with a pink glow, filled with the sound of fingers tapping on a keyboard. I was 16 when I joined Girlpunk.net. This all-girl forum quickly became a window out of my small town. It made me feel like the life I wanted was possible—punk shows, wild clothes, sneaking into clubs. These were the girl friends I always dreamed of. Dream girls who I would trade studded clothes with, and dance all lanky and cool next to. Girls to fall asleep with, side by side. Keep reading »
“I couldn’t take it anymore. It was too painful. But I guess the most important thing is my children. … When I was holding them in my arms I was like, ‘What, am I gonna teach them how to lie?’ … When I realized, ‘Okay, I just pressed send,’ whoo—I was alone. I was in my studio alone for a minute. My assistant walked in and I just started crying like a little baby. I started crying.”
—Ricky Martin talks to Oprah about his decision to come out of the closet, and how he felt right after making the announcement. No wonder it took him so long. [PopEater] Keep reading »