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Mom Hilariously Demonstrates How Her Child Came Out of The Closet: VIDEO

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Coming out is a seminal part in the life of any LGBT person. And though this experience is often times nerve-wracking and filled with fear about how others will respond, sometimes the announcement of "I'm coming out" is not so much a surprise to friends and family. Case in point: a recent YouTube video shows one mother re-enacting her response to news of her child's impending "announcement" about being gay. As the video makes clear, mom had been knocking on her baby's closet door waiting for him (or her--the video doesn't specificy the gender of her child) to come out. 

Said the mom in the video,

So you comin' out of the closet right? You gonna make an announcement? Ok, you say you're gay? Okay we're waiting on the announcement. Is that the announcement? Because for us it was like, [opens door] are you coming out? Not yet? All right. Every now and then [knocks on door], are you ready? Oh okay well let us know when you come out, okay. Oh, you made an announcement. Oh, okay. Dang. Cause it wasn't locked. We've been in this door."

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Joey Graceffa Comes Out Finding His Prince Charming in 'Don't Wait' - VIDEO

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Update: Graceffa has officially come out as gay in a follow-up video posted on his YouTube page

Joey Graceffa, a popular YouTube vlogger and former Amazing Race contestant, is out with his new fantasy-themed music video for his song "Don't Wait."

An imaginative re-telling of Graceffa's previous struggles with bullying and growing up with an alcoholic mother, the video also reportedly marks Graceffa's coming out - a subject that will be touched on in greater detail in his upcoming book In Real Life: My Journey Through a Pixelated World. 

Watch the inspirational (and catchy) video yourself, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Irish Journalist Pens Heartbreaking Coming Out Story In Plea For Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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Writing in the Irish Times today, broadcaster and journalist Ursula Halligan has said that next week’s referendum on same-sex marriage has encouraged her to be open about her sexuality, reports The Journal.

Yes-Vote-May-2015In an opinion piece published today, Halligan - who came out to her family in the last few days - writes about her experience growing up as a gay woman in Ireland.

She also encourages people to vote Yes because it would “say to gay people that they belong, that it’s safe to surface and live fully human, loving lives.”

She quotes from her diary, written as a 17-year-old in 1977:

“These past few months must have been the darkest and gloomiest I have ever experienced in my entire life. There have been times when I have even thought about death, of escaping from this world, of sleeping untouched by no-one forever. I have been so depressed, so sad and so confused.”

She goes on to describe a sense of loss because she hasn’t experienced the same social approval as her siblings:

“For me, there was no first kiss; no engagement party; no wedding. And up until a short time ago no hope of any of these things. Now, at the age of 54, in a (hopefully) different Ireland, I wish I had broken out of my prison cell a long time ago. I feel a sense of loss and sadness for precious time spent wasted in fear and isolation.”

 

She concludes:

“If Ireland votes Yes, it will be about much more than marriage. It will end institutional homophobia. It will say to gay people that they belong, that it’s safe to surface and live fully human, loving lives. If it’s true that 10 per cent of any population are gay, then there could be 400,000 gay people out there; many of them still living in emotional prisons. Any of them could be your son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father or best friend. Set them free. Allow them live full lives.”

Watch BeLonG To Youth Service's marriage equality ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NJ High School Wrestling Champion Alec Donovan Comes Out as Gay: VIDEO

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New Jersey's high school state wrestling champion Alec Donovan, "ranked in the top 25 of high school wrestlers in his weight class in the nation," has come out as gay, Outsports reports:

2_donovanAt the time this story is published, Donovan is on a recruiting trip at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Other schools - in addition to Limestone College - have come calling as well.

For Donovan, the importance of being with a program that wants him for who he is - and the opportunity to help other LGBT athletes walking down the path he was on just three years ago - far outweighs any risk this story might pose.

According to Outsports, Donovan came out on the Limestone College recruiting trip when a fellow recruit asked if he was bisexual:

"The rumor isn't true," Donovan told the other recruit. "I'm not bisexual... I'm gay."

The recruit was "cool with it" and found it fascinating. He asked Donovan if he could tell the guys on the Limestone team who were recruiting them. Donovan didn't care. He had accepted who he was. Fear had left him.

"It's better that everybody knows anyway, so I don't end up on a team that doesn't want me for all of me."

Donovan says that just three years ago he was considering suicide and made it through the next three years with the help of a friend and two fellow wrestlers he confided in about his sexual orientation.

He's now involved in an anti-bullying group at Brick Memorial High School and is trying to decide which college he'll wrestle at next year.

Watch Donovan's state champion final wrestling match, AFTER THE JUMP...

Donovan is the second high-profile wrestler to come out in recent months. In March, Ohio State National Champion Mike Pucillo came out as gay.

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Conservative Fox News Contributor Guy Benson Comes Out as Gay In New Book - VIDEO

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Guy Benson, a conservative talk radio host, contributor for Fox News, and political editor for Townhall.com, has quietly come out as gay in what he calls a "footnote" in his new book End of Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

BensonIn an interview with BuzzFeed, Benson, 30, shared his thoughts on being a gay conservative. “Gay rights is not something that dominates my attentions — or my passions — and that may seem incongruous, that may seem counterintuitive to a lot of people,” he said, “but the issues that I care about most undergird the reasons why I’m a conservative and have been forever and will be a conservative moving forward.”

Later, Benson discussed his support for "narrow carve-outs" in LGBT nondiscrimiantion laws for businesses that serve the wedding industry as well as his frustration with those who think gay Republicans must automatically be self-hating people.

“I think that’s extraordinarily closed-minded and betrays a lack of imagination, at the very least,” said Benson. “A free-thinking, free citizen of a free country is not obliged to be confined to a bedazzled ideological straitjacket because that’s how they ‘ought’ to think and ‘ought’ to vote and ‘ought’ to rank their priorities.”

Read Benson's full interview HERE

You can also watch Benson discuss a Mitt Romney ad back in 2012 with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Iceman, One Of The Founding X-Men, Comes Out As Gay

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In 2012 Marvel comics launched the All New X-Men, a new series centered around Charles Xavier’s first five students who would eventually become the original X-Men. Teenaged versions of Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Iceman and Jean Grey are transported into the future and forced to face the decisions their future selves have made. Cyclops struggles to accept his future as a murderer and social pariah, Jean Grey--who becomes the Phoenix--copes with the fact that she no longer exists, and Beast fights to understand the secondary mutation that appears to be killing him.

In tomorrow’s issue of the All New X-Men it’s revealed that Robert “Bobby” Drake (Iceman) is also working to cope with a future that he doesn’t quite understand. This version of Bobby, Jeans discovers, is actually gay--despite the fact that his future self isn’t.

Check out the big reveal in the leaked panels below AFTER THE JUMP

(h/t Advocate)

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