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Coming Out

Coming out: it’s one of the most difficult decisions LGBTQ people have to face. For some, it means having an uncomfortable conversation. For others, it can mean risking absolutely everything. Either way, it’s never easy. No one can tell you when the time is right for you to come out. But when you’re ready, and in a safe space with the right support network around you, coming out is one of the most powerful things you can do to help yourself and inspire others around you who are still unsure about leaving the closet. From athletes who put their careers on the line for the sake of being true to who they are, to awkward accidental outings, coming out stories might make us laugh, cry or cringe, but they always remind us that we’re never alone. Here are a few of our favorite coming out stories:
History
American Civil Rights Leader Bayard Rustin on the ‘Absolute Necessity’ to Be Openly Gay

In a recently unearthed recording of a mid-1980s interview, he shares his thoughts on the importance of being openly gay

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TV
Watching the ‘Master of None’ Thanksgiving Episode Should Be a Queer Holiday Tradition

This holiday weekend, you need to watch the award-winning episode, co-written by Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe

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Editors' Picks
Michael Sam Says He Regrets Coming Out as Gay Before the NFL Draft

During a speech at the University of New Mexico, the football player said he regrets coming out when he did

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Editors' Picks
Here’s Why This All-Star Football Player Wishes He Came Out of the Closet Sooner

Landon Foster worried he couldn’t be an out gay man in the NFL, so he bowed out of football, a decision he regrets; but he’s out and proud now

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