Coming out is a public expression of authenticity, most commonly in the form of announcing that our gender or sexual orientation is different than a previously assumed straight, cisgender identity. While coming out can be a celebration of self-love and acceptance, it can also put us in an incredibly vulnerable position. In many situations, we have to balance our need for the mental and emotional freedom to live as our true selves with our physical and financial security. Like all efforts to live authentically, the decision to come out is deeply personal and can bring out complicated emotions, even if we are positively received by our family and community.
On a daily basis, author and LGBTQ advocate Amber Cantorna receives emails asking the same question: How does one reconcile their sexuality with their faith? Depression, despair, and thoughts of suicide often haunt LGBTQ Christians as they feel unable to imagine the possibility of living a happy,...
The U.S. military is entering a new era of open service for transgender troops. In January, President Biden reversed his predecessor’s ban on trans service members, and the Pentagon recently released a protocol for those who want to medically transition while serving.
Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, and this is especially true for LGBTQ kids and teens. In response to a number of tragic suicides by LGBTQ students, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage uploaded a video to YouTube with his partner, Terry Miller.
“For those of us who are black and LGBTQIA+, the idea of coming out is sometimes simply not an option.” Executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition David Johns explains why ‘inviting in’ is a more meaningful alternative to ‘coming out.’