Tag Archives: coming out

Men’s Professional Golf Gets First Publicly Out Player

The New York Post reports: Tadd Fujikawa has become the first male pro golfer to come out publicly as gay. The 27-year-old did so in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday, saying his timing was tied to World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s the second time Fujikawa is making a bit of golf history — he also was the youngest golfer …

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Disney Channel Star Garrett Clayton Comes Out

The New York Daily News reports: Disney Channel star Garrett Clayton, who starred in “Teen Beach Movie” as well as NBC’s “Hairspray Live,” came out as gay Monday in a moving Instagram post. Clayton, 27, penned the post as an explanation as to why he signed on to the upcoming film “Reach,” and quietly slipped in the fact that he …

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Air Force Academy Football Player Comes Out

USA Today reports: Following a standing ovation from his teammates, Air Force sophomore defensive back Bradley Kim became the first openly-gay athlete at a service academy when he publicly announced his sexual orientation on Friday. “I almost gave up my dream of playing Division 1 football for fear of not being accepted by everyone,” Kim wrote as part of an …

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Panic! At The Disco Frontman Comes Out As Pansexual

The New York Post reports: After being a champion for the LGBTQ community for years, Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie is opening up about his own sexuality. “I’m married to a woman and I’m very much in love with her but I’m not opposed to a man because to me, I like a person,” Urie, 31, said in …

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Pro US Soccer Player Collin Martin Comes Out [VIDEO]

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin publicly came out as gay in a social media statement Friday morning, making him the only out athlete currently playing in one of the five major men’s U.S. sports leagues. Martin, 23, is the first male athlete from any of those major leagues to say he is gay since 2014, when …

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POLL: Half Of LGBTs Say They’re Closeted At Work

Bloomberg reports: A little more than half of LGBT workers say they’re comfortable being out at work, according to a study released today by the Human Rights Campaign. It’s roughly the same number as a decade ago, and it calls into question how well many big companies’ ubiquitous diversity initiatives are working. In the survey of 1,615 workers both gay …

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Janelle Monae Comes Out As “Queer Black Woman”

Variety reports: In the past, Janelle Monáe had been coy or quiet about her sexuality. But she certainly isn’t when talking about the issue in a new Rolling Stone cover story, in which she says she’s had relationships with both men and women and currently identifies as pansexual. “Being a queer black woman in America — someone who has been …

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Pop Singer Aaron Carter Comes Out As Bisexual

The New York Post reports: Aaron Carter came out as bisexual in a revealing Saturday-night Twitter note to fans. “I grew up in this entertainment industry at a very young age and when I was around 13-year-old I started to find boys and girls attractive,” he wrote. Carter, 29, started off by saying he needed to get something off his …

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Kansas State Football Player Comes Out [VIDEO]

ESPN reports: Asked to divulge a personal secret during an offseason team-building exercise last year, Kansas State offensive tackle Scott Frantz told his Wildcats teammates that he is gay. “I came out to my teammates, and I’ve never felt so loved and so accepted ever in my life than when I did that,” Frantz told ESPN’s Holly Rowe on Wednesday. …

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Rapper Jay-Z’s Mother Comes Out As Lesbian

The HuffPost reports: Gloria Carter, Jay-Z’s mother, came out as lesbian in a new track featured on the rapper’s just-released “4:44” album. The song, “Smile,” features both Jay-Z and his mother discussing her sexuality. It is the first time that either of them has publicly addressed her sexual identity. “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to …

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Former NFL Offensive Tackle Comes Out [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Former Patriots and Chiefs offensive tackle Ryan O’Callaghan publicly came out on Tuesday, saying that he strongly considered committing suicide before he received support from the Kansas City organization. O’Callaghan discusssed the gripping, heart-wrenching journey he took as a closeted gay man in college football and the NFL in a piece by SB Nation’s …

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Ellen DeGeneres Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Landmark Television Coming Out Episode [VIDEO]

People reports: Ellen DeGeneres is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her sitcom’s coming-out episode with a little help from friends like Oprah Winfrey, Laura Dern and Michelle Obama. Winfrey and Dern — both of whom guest starred in the iconic 1997 episode in which DeGeneres’ character came out as gay — stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week to …

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Barry Manilow Comes Out At Age 73

People Magazine reports: For decades Barry Manilow gave the world timeless hits, while keeping his own world a total secret. Now at 73 years old, the music legend is opening up about his life, struggles and, for the first time, his sexuality. Fiercely private, the pop icon recently welcomed PEOPLE into his Palm Springs home for an exclusive interview and …

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GALLUP: 10M US Adults Now Identify As LGBT, 1.75M Increase Over 2012 Largely Due To Out Millennials

Via Gallup: The portion of American adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) increased to 4.1% in 2016 from 3.5% in 2012. These figures, drawn from the largest representative sample of LGBT Americans collected in the U.S., imply that more than an estimated 10 million adults now identify as LGBT in the U.S. today, approximately 1.75 million more …

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Fox News Anchor Shep Smith Finally Comes Out

The Huffington Post reports: Along with the rampant sexual harassment that brought [Roger] Ailes down, there were also reports that he used homophobic slurs toward rivals. Though Shep rarely talks about his sexuality, he is regularly, for instance, included in Out Magazine’s Power 50 list. I asked if Ailes had ever made homophobic remarks when he was around. “No, never. …

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Tim Kaine Denounces Bullying On National Coming Out Day: Adults Need To Promote Acceptance [VIDEO]

Via press release from the Clinton campaign: In honor of National Coming Out Day, Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine sat down with ATTN: Editor-In-Chief Matthew Segal, telling him that it is incumbent upon adults in leadership positions to promote the message of acceptance. Amid clips of LGBT kids describing the bullying and hate-speech directed at them, Senator Kaine says that …

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Democrats Applaud National Coming Out Day

Via press release: Today, on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate one of the most powerful forces in the fight for LGBT equality. When someone decides to come out as member of the LGBT community, it gives their friends, family, loved ones and neighbors a personal reason to support LGBT rights, and it inspires more members and allies of the …

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TODAY: National Coming Out Day

The Human Rights Campaign notes that this year it coincides with Yom Kippur: We live in a beautiful, ever changing world where almost every day is sacred for someone, somewhere. This is no less true for many LGBTQ Jews and Muslims who will be celebrating National Coming Out Day and observing Yom Kippur and the Islamic holiday of Ashura all …

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Pro Skateboarder Brian Anderson Comes Out [VIDEO]

Quite frankly, I was only dimly aware that professional skateboarding exists, but judging by all of this afternoon’s emails from JMG readers, this guy is a big deal in the sport. Hypebeast reports: Retired skateboarder Brian Anderson, who infamously won both Thrasher‘s prestigious Skater of the Year award and a World Cup of Skateboarding title back in 1999, has come …

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SHORT FILM: Son Comes Out To Dad On Prom Night

Out Magazine recaps: In case you didn’t know, Hallmark Cards now has its own streaming service, Feeln. For a few dollars a month you can watch all those feel-good Hallmark Hall of Fame movies as well as original series. Feeln also produces original shorts, including a new addition called The Beginning, which features a young man coming out to his …

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