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Happy Coming Out Day

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!
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Every year on October 11, the LGBTQ+ community celebrates National Coming Out Day. The internationally observed civil awareness day was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico. The date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. This year celebrates the 26th anniversary of NCOD.

Since last year’s celebration, plenty of public names have come out of the closet. A few notable ones include Olympians Tom Daley and Ian Thorpe, actresses Ellen Page and Maria Bello, anchor Robin Roberts and athlete Michael Sam just to name a few. HRC has created a short clip highlighting some of the year’s most memorable moments. Check it out below.

If you’re curious to read about our coming out stories, click here to read about a few of the Homorazzi cast member’ stories.

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Ian Thorpe Comes Out As Gay

In: Nic, Totally GAY!
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Aussie swimmer Ian Thorpe has finally revealed he is gay, and seems to be coming out during an interview with Sir Michael Parkinson set to air on Australian TV this Sunday.

The 31 year old retired from swimming in 2012 after winning 3 Gold and 2 Olympic Silvers, 11 World titles, and 11 Commonwealth Games medals. Even living in Australia for years I know first hand that the subject of Thorpe’s sexuality was always a hot topic of discussion despite his denial. The hot hetero topic a few years back was his “relationship” with Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard, which Beard all but denied. That’s right, I said it: Thorpe’s “Beard” denied his breast stroke.

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How To Be Gay In College

In: Patrick, Totally GAY!
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It’s been several years since I was in college/university, but I will say that I do remember how much of a big change it was and how great of an opportunity it is to really “find yourself” so to speak. For myself, moving away to college gave me the space and independence to come to grips with my sexuality and in the latter half of my first year, come out of the closet.

YouTube Vlogger, David Levitz recently uploaded a cute and informative video that tackles “How To Be Gay In College“. Since he himself is in his second year in college at the moment, he had a lot of great advice and suggests that may be helpful to some of your or simply relatable if you’ve already gone through college. For those of you that may be a bit younger, I included a past video he did about being gay in high school as well. Enjoy!

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Olympian John Fennell Comes Out

In: Donovan, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!
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As if luge wasn’t already gay enough. Now we have a member of the family competing in the sport. John Fennell who competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics came out as gay in an interview with the Montreal Gazette. The 19-year-old Canadian Olympian placed 27th in the singles luge event in Russia.

“It’s suffocating,” Fennell says about living in the closet. “You have to play this game of, ‘who knows?’ You can’t let off any vibes or secrets. You have to act super macho. You have to be hyper aware of your mannerisms and to not let off any vibes that could get detected. It’s very exhausting.”

Fennell also talks to the publication about his experience at the Sochi Olympics amid the country’s extremely anti-gay propaganda law.

“I was a little distraught over the lack of leadership going into Sochi,” he says of competing in Russia. “There were a few out girls, but to my knowledge there weren’t any out guys, and I know they’re there.

“I’m an athlete. Realistically, I put on a spandex suit and slide down a mountain.

I’m no message board for political movements. But we need to have leaders in our sport community. If it takes a 19-year-old to step up and do that, I’m more than willing to use my voice or the platform that I’ve been given to give a figurehead to gay youth in sport.”

Fennell comes from an athletic family. His father is former Canadian Football League superstar David Fennell and the younger brother of Michigan State nose tackle David Fennell Jr. Check out more pics of John below.

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Sam Smith Officially Comes Out

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan, Totally GAY!
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Sam Smith has always been a bit ambiguous about his sexuality. Last week, he somewhat addressed the speculation by pining over some dude in his “Leave Your Lover” music video. In an interview with The Fader, the 22-year-old English singer-songwriter makes it official by revealing the inspiration for his forthcoming debut album, In The Lonely Hour, was a guy.

“I’ve never been in a relationship before. I’ve only been in unrequited relationships where people haven’t loved me back. I guess I’m a little bit attracted to that in a bad way. In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back. I think I’m over it now, but I was in a very dark place. I kept feeling lonely in the fact that I hadn’t felt love before. I’ve felt the bad things. And what’s a more powerful emotion: pain or happiness?”

Even though he’s only now officially come out, many had assumed he was a sister when he revealed himself as a future pop diva in the vein of his idols, Elton John and George Michael. Check out more quotes from the publication below. Welcome to the family Sam.

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Hollywood’s two most famous lesbians named Ellen came together this week. Ellen Page dropped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about life after coming out during her impassioned speech at the HRC Gala. The Juno actress also thanked DeGeneres for the talk show host’s trailblazing coming out during “a time where it was much harder and much scarier.” Watch the interview below.

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You go, Glen Coco Daniel Franzese.

The actor who’s best known for playing Damian in Mean Girls publicly came out this week. Franzese did so by publishing a letter on Indiewire addressed to his Mean Girls alter ego.

In the letter, Daniel talks about being terrified to accept the role of Damian for fear of being typecast. He reveals that he remained celibate and closeted for a year and a half after the film hit theaters. “I even brought a girl to the ‘Mean Girls’ premiere and kissed her on the red carpet, making her my unwitting beard,” he writes.

Ten years later, he’s embraced his breakout role, acknowledging the character has become a role model for him. With that being said, don’t ever tell him he’s too gay too function. Only Janis Ian can do that ;) Check out an excerpt of the letter below.

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The minute Jason Collins became the first openly gay man in the NBA, I had a feeling it would open the floodgates for more athletes to take the plunge. In fact, the positive reaction Collins received inspired Derrick Gordon to follow suit.

The University of Massachusetts sophomore is the latest athlete to publicly come out as gay. He makes history as the first openly gay player in Division I men’s college basketball. I have a feeling 2014 will be remembered as the year of the gay athlete.

“I just didn’t want to hide anymore, in any way,” Gordon told ESPN. “I didn’t want to have to lie or sneak. I’ve been waiting and watching for the last few months, wondering when a Division I player would come out, and finally I just said, ‘Why not me?’”

Gordon revealed his basketball coach Derek Kellogg helped him break the news to his teammates.

“We’re all here together, and we need to love each other for who we are,” Coach Derek said to the team. “One of your family members, your brother, wants to let you know something about himself.” And then Coach Kellogg said, “I wanted to let you all know I’m gay.”

Derrick then interjected, “No, he’s not. But I am.” Check out his interview with ESPN below.

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