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"I'm 51 and gay, but I can't come out": callers opens up to James O'Brien
This is the powerful moment a caller came out as gay to James O'Brien and opened up about why he can't tell anyone else.
This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield, who has been married for almost 27 years and has two grown up daughters, has announced that he is gay.
James' caller Joe found the story "amazing" and felt compelled to call in because he is gay and feels unable to tell anyone.
"I've turned to drugs," said Joe, "I'm 50 years old and I turned to drugs 12 months ago."
"Because the stress of keeping it secret was too much for you?" asked James, and Joe confirmed that he at times has felt suicidal having to hide the truth after realising he was gay at 12.
Ryan Russell, NFL free agent, comes out as bisexual
Watching his best friend die of cancer in his 20s, Russell decided he had to make a change in his life.
He announced that change Thursday, telling both ESPN and Outsports that he is bisexual.
CrossFit athlete Alec Smith comes out as gay
Alec Smith can squat 440 pounds and deadlift 505, but no lift was as hard as recording the four-minute video he released today where he came out as gay.
“Took a DNA test, turns out I’m gay.” Smith posted on Instagram.
In a halting voice and at times on the verge of tears, Smith, 26, told his 311,000 followers that he has struggled with his sexuality since he was 12.
Diplo tells fans he “might be gay” as plane makes emergency landing
Diplo appeared to address his sexuality in a recent Instagram post.
The 40-year-old songwriter, producer and DJ from America told his 5.5 million followers ”I might be gay” in an Instagram post after his plane had to make an emergency landing due to a cracked windshield.
“Dear Colombus and Minneapolis, my jet window just cracked open and the pilots are wearing masks so not sure ill make my shows tonight,” he wrote, before adding: “Also i never told you this but I might be gay.”
He later updated the post’s caption to let fans know he was safe, writing: “We landed and no one died I still might be gay but I’m definitely not going to tye die anymore jets.”
Gay Irish strongman and his fiancé celebrated Pride where marriage equality is banned
McNaghten describes himself as a trailblazer in his sport. “I’m the first openly gay strongman to come out in the UK and Ireland, possibly even Europe,” he said.
But he takes the view that being gay is just one facet of who he is. “I want to be Ireland’s strongest man,” said McNaghten. “I don’t want to be Ireland’s strongest gay man.”
“The shock that people have that you’re gay — I don’t think it’s something that matters to me. I generally just think it’s gossip.”
NBA star Dwight Howard denies gay rumor
US professional basketball player Dwight Howard denied rumors he’s gay.
The proclamation comes about after a man named Masin Elije claimed the two had a sexual relationship. Eljie also alleged Dwight offered him ‘hush money’ when things ended.
‘I’m not gay,’ Howard told Kristine Leahy from FS1’s Fair Game. ‘There’s people who have different problems in life and they have to hide. They have to put on the mask every day, and it’s like, I don’t wanna wear no mask, I just wanna be.’
Gay Star News
k.d. lang Says Coming Out Denied Her a Chance to Remain Mysterious
Singer k.d. lang stunned the world coming out to The Advocate in 1992. But she says now the experience ultimately proved ‘exhausting’ and stripped the singer of some public mystery.
“I grew up with the adage that there is a wealth of purpose in being mysterious,” lang said in a new interview with The Guardian. “And I feel like I haven’t had the chance to be mysterious. My sexuality, and everything, was so much out in the open, and has been for many years. I feel exhausted by being exposed.”
This Closeted Pro Soccer Player Is About to Come Out as Gay
THE ANONYMOUS SOCCER PRO IS NOT READY TO COME OUT PUBLICLY, BUT HE’S COMING OUT SOON!
An anonymous Twitter user professing to be a gay English Football League player announced he’s almost ready to come out publicly. First, he plans to finish coming out to his friends and family.
Fuller House star Juan Pablo Di Pace comes out as gay
Gay teen writes emotional letter to parents who won't accept him
A gay teen from Nanuet, New York, has written a heart-breaking letter to his parents who wouldn’t accept him for being who he is.
Kent Mendez, 19, tweeted a photo of the letter, in both English and Spanish, on 8 July in an act that has the entire social media website collectively crying.
In the devastating letter, Mendez explained that, with LGBTI youth rejected by their parents being more likely to consider taking their own live, he refused to ‘become another statistic.’
Mendez left it all behind on Sunday morning. The bedroom he had lived in for years. His dog, Valentino.
But in the letter he left behind for his mother and father, he explained that while the decision was difficult, the life he had led was even more so.
‘There hasn’t been a day where I haven’t cried or struggled to find the energy to get out of bed,’ he wrote.
‘I feel trapped and manipulated every time I walk out of my room.’
Gay Star News
19-year-old Indian dies by suicide after homophobic abuse
Millions celebrate LGBTQ pride in New York amid global fight for equality: organizers
Millions lined the streets of New York on Sunday to wave rainbow flags, celebrate the movement toward LGBTQ equality and renew calls for action in what organizers billed as the largest gay pride celebration in history.
Event organizers and city officials said 150,000 parade marchers and up to 4 million visitors commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that triggered the modern LGBTQ movement, with corporate sponsorship and police protection that would have been unthinkable half a century ago.
Reuters could not independently verify the crowd estimate.
Tensions between trans women and gay men boil over at Stonewall anniversary
Similar parades were being held around the world, with celebratory events in liberal democracies and growing fights for equality in other places.
Madonna closes Pride celebrations in NYC: 'I’m so proud and honored to share this...with you'
Army specialist comes out to military as gay during live broadcast of Pride parade
Jim Parsons explains how his husband encouraged him to come out (& why he hated Pride parades)
“No offense to the lovely men I dated before Todd, but somewhere deep inside, I immediately knew that there was no choice left but to deal with this [by coming out to my family], because to not let them in on this person I had met was to officially start putting up these lifelong barriers.”
Gay pop star from Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, shares coming out story
How old were you when you realized you were gay?
At 13! I’ve been a singer for seven years being in the closet. When I hit 30, I told myself I can’t live my life being someone else anymore. It was just taking away all the joy from me when I was with my friends because I was just busy thinking about hiding my sexuality. All the time.
I couldn’t write another word for a song. I couldn’t sing without feeling like I was being truthful. It’s just painful that my life was basically a lie. And I didn’t want to be lying all the time. It was tiring and tearing me down.
I love my friends and family a lot. And I knew if I were to live a lie, I’d never be able to share the authentic part of my life to the ones I love. So I decided that this was it, accepted who I was, what I loved and told my old self ‘bye bish!’
Gay Star News
Pretty Little Liars' star Tyler Blackburn comes out as bisexual
Actor and musician Tyler Blackburn has publically come out as bisexual.
The star of Pretty Little Liars opened up about his sexuality in an interview with the Advocate.
‘I’m queer,’ Blackburn said in the interview. ‘I’ve identified as bisexual since a teenager.’
‘I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart,’ he adds.
Blackburn said that fully coming to terms with his sexuality has taken years, and something he struggled with when he was younger.
Gay Star News
Ben Whishaw Said Therapy Helped Overcome How He 'Hated' Being Gay
Ben Whishaw (Paddington, A Very English Scandal) has spoken out about struggling in the closet and how therapy helped the actor accept himself.
Although Whishaw is now open and comfortable with his queer identity, the gay actor revealed to The Sunday Times Magazine, a British outlet, that he once "hated" himself for who he was.
''There was a moment in my early twenties when I did not feel very good about myself," the 38-year-old actor stated in the March 24 interview. "It was to do with my sexuality and not knowing how to be myself and hating myself. I did know [my sexuality], I just couldn't tell anyone."
Whishaw entered a civil partnership with composer Mark Bradshaw in 2012 and said therapy "really helped him." After the actor came out officially in 2013, Whishaw was able to put his anxieties to rest.
My Escape From The Evangelical Cult In Which I Was Raised Began At The Library
In 1997 when I was 16, sexual purity and abstinence-only culture was all I had ever known. I was the girl in the oversized jumper dress that hid my figure and my legs. I wore a silver purity ring on my right hand and a hunter green "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelet on my wrist. I didn’t use makeup or tampons. I didn’t kiss, hold hands, or date. I definitely never looked at my naked body if I could avoid it. I stood out in all the wrong ways, but this was my normal. And all of my homeschool friends were just like me.
In my evangelical cult, a woman’s path in life was clear: Get married, have children but not a career, keep quiet, be modest, and obey your husband. A man needed to make money and be in charge, and meanwhile, his wife would provide him with sex and care for his children. When a teen rebelled against their parents or a wife left her husband, it was commonly spoken of as a form of demon possession, and we prayed that the person under satanic oppression would be released. Spanking children as young 18 months old was encouraged, and strict discipline was expected. In fact, one pastor gave a seminar about which spanking methods and everyday household items produced the best obedience in children and teens. Ritualistic beatings were coded as loving discipline.
United Methodist Church investigating voting irregularities at summit that bolstered LGBT bans