Coming Out

  • (CNN) -- David Denson, a first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers' rookie affiliate in Helena, Montana, made baseball history this weekend by revealing that he is gay.

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of a prominent Washington synagogue is telling thousands of congregants that he is gay and that he and his wife of 20 years are divorcing.

  • WASHINGTON (AP) - The principal at one of the District of Columbia’s largest public high schools told students for the first time Wednesday that he is gay at a Pride Day event.

  • Actress Ellen Page is opening up about her decision to come out in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference, nearly three months ago.

  • The former professional boxer who claimed he was tricked and drugged into filming a gay porn scene released a statement this week, coming out as bisexual and confessing to lying about how he made the threesome scene.

  • BERLIN (AP) — A former World Cup player from Germany became the biggest name in soccer to come out as gay, saying he wants to break down the stigma of homosexuality in sports.

  • A prominent white supremacist and neo-Nazi activist is leaving the fascist National Front and coming out as gay.

  • These days, actors like Glee's Chris Colfer, Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) and Neil Patrick Harris live out, proud lives. Like many other young stars, they've seen no career backlash. Some have said that coming out actually enhanced their careers.

  • State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-38th Dist.), who came out as gay on September 23 at a rally and press conference at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, spoke with PGN this week about his history-making announcement.

  • A former Miss Spain announced this week that she is lesbian, making her what some are saying is the first out national beauty queen, People magazine reports.

  • When Gus Kenworthy would let his mind wander into how his perfect Olympics might play out, he pictured a certain scene.

  • October 11, 1988:

    First National Coming Out Day. It is observed annually to publicize coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and civil rights movement. The day is celebrated in a wide variety of ways: from rallies and parades to information tables in public spaces. Participants often wear pride symbols such as pink triangles and rainbow flags. National Coming Out Day is observed in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

  • DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) — A volleyball coach at St. Mary High School in Dell Rapids who has publicly announced he's gay says he's being allowed to keep his job.

  • A sailor with Chile's navy on Wednesday announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation.

  • Brazilian diver Ian Matos came out as gay Monday and said he was inspired by British Olympic diver Tom Daley’s video, which went viral late last year, Gay Star News reports.

  • It's been nearly two years since Jason Collins made history by coming out as gay, making him the first out active male athlete from one of the four major North American professional team sports, and now he's encouraging other athletes who are in the closet to be open regarding their sexuality.

  • PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jury selection began Tuesday for a suspended western Pennsylvania Catholic priest charged with traveling to Honduras to have sex with poor street children during missionary trips.

  • A redshirt freshman place kicker at Division III Willamette has announced that he is bisexual, saying he decided to come forward because he wanted to be a source of encouragement for LGBT youth.

  • RIGA, Latvia -- Latvia's Foreign Minister has announced on Twitter that he's gay, becoming the first openly homosexual Cabinet member in the Baltic country.

  • When did you come out of the closet? A new art show examines the secret struggles LGBT people often deal with. “Which Way Out – Personal Thoughts Made Public,” opening on Fri., Feb. 21 at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines features seven artists –Nestor Arenas, Randy Burman, Jacqueline Gopie, Donna Haynes, Philip Ross Munro, Lori Nozick and Sara Stites with each artist reflecting the show’s given theme.

  • (CNN) -- Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, publicly revealed that he's gay Sunday, creating the possibility he'll be the first openly gay player drafted by the National Football League.

  • Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the National Football League, revealed to GQ this month that he didn't really want to come out the way he did - just before the NFL draft; but said he has "no regrets" about his decision, Page Six points out.

  • A high school student from Circle Pines, Minn., says he received a death threat Tuesday, six weeks after coming out on Facebook, Fox’s Minnesota affiliate station, KMSP-TV reports.

    Ryan Eichenauer, a senior at Centennial High School, said he found an anonymous and threatening letter in his English class Tuesday, which sparked a police investigation.

    "I’m really proud to be out and be myself. I get to do what I want without having to hide anymore," he told KMSP-TV. He added that the letter won’t send him back in the closet.

    "I know there are going to be people in life who don’t agree with it. But that’s who I am," he said.

    Just before New Year’s Day, Eichenauer posted a video on Facebook to tell his friends and family that he has attractions to men.

    "I don’t like the term ’coming out’ because I’m not coming out. I am letting the world in," he says in the clip. He also says he doesn’t believe in labels and has been and always will be attracted to girls.

    The letter Eichenauer found Tuesday is the second threatening letter he has received since posting the video on Facebook. The student says the letters "make me sick."

    KMSP-TV reports that the letter attacks the teen’s sexuality and says, "I can’t wait for the day that I get to walk over your grave and if you don’t put yourself there, I will be glad to. Just do us all a favor and do it soon. Kill yourself already."

    Part of the letter also reads:

    "Ryan,
    I see there are many others who also want you dead. Good. And it’s not just the two of us who have decided to speak up. It’s everyone. [...] like you don’t deserve to live in this world. Innocent people die every day, but the scum of the earth like you gets to live? [...] that. That is about to change. No one likes the fact that you are alive. No one likes the way you show your sexuality. You are a [...] sinner. Someone should do something about it...I will. I am not a coward. I protect the house of god from [...] like you."

    Eichenauer reported the letter to the police, saying that his "emotions are overwhelming" and that he is "a little scared."

    "It’s harassment.. We take harassment very seriously. And it was threatening," principal Tom Breuning told the news station.

    Breuning told KMSP-TV that the school district, along with police, have launched investigations into the incident.

    "Whoever is behind it, it’s unacceptable. And the safety of all our students is of paramount importance to us," Breuning added.

    Eichenauer said after finding the first letter, he cried a lot, even though the first letter was less threatening than the second.

    "Is this what I am going to get forever, from now on?" Eichenauer asked.

    Watch Eichenauer’s video below:

    From our media partner EDGE

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Dale Scott figures he'll hear plenty of foul language from angry hitters next season. Such is life for a Major League Baseball umpire.

  • More than 6 million Americans have come out on Facebook since it was founded in 2004, including 800,000 within the last year alone, the social network announced in a report released Oct. 15.

  • It was 26 years ago on October 11 that half a million people walked in the March on Washington a second time, fighting for lesbian and gay rights. On the anniversary of that day ever since, LGBT activists have celebrated National Coming Out Day to encourage acceptance and living an open life.

  • — Veteran NBA referee Bill Kennedy has told Yahoo Sports he is gay after Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo directed a gay slur at him during a game.

  • Coming out could risk your job, but nearly half of educators would support it.

  • In commemoration of National Coming Out Day, (October 11) SFGN recalls a few brave souls who dared to venture out of the closet long before it was safe or acceptable to do so. We salute their courage.

  • (EDGE) Mark Foster, an Olympic British swimmer who set several world records, came out as gay in a new interview with Winq.

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