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Coming Out

The Advocate covers everything you need to know about coming out, including the latest stories on public figures who come out as LGBT. The process of coming out varies for each person. Some lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people come out to friends and family at an early age, while others lead a more private life. Activists such as Harvey Milk advocated for all LGBT people to come out of the closet, in order to help increase visibility of the cause and sway the hearts and minds of the American public. For many, the process is difficult and ongoing throughout a lifetime.

Bernie Wagenblast, the Voice of New York City Subways, Comes Out as Transgender

Wagenblast, 66, has been aware of her true gender since childhood but has just begun living full-time in that identity.

​Pro-Soccer Player Alberto Lejárraga Celebrates Team's Win and Comes Out​

The goalkeeper took to Twitter to celebrate a recent win and included a photo of him kissing his boyfriend.

Robin Williams Protected Nathan Lane From Unwanted Coming-Out on Oprah

"He was a saint," Lane said of Williams in a recent interview.

UFC Fighter Jeff Molina Comes Out as Bisexual

The flyweight fighter made the announcement after an intimate video of him with another man was leaked.

Gay Rugby Player Campbell Johnstone on Coming Out

As a rugby player, Campbell Johnstone 'pushed away' his sexuality. Now, he wants to open the door for more people to come out

Anderson Comas, Minor League Baseball Player, Comes Out as Gay

The 23-year-old made the announcement in an Instagram post where he said he was proud and happy to be queer.

Soccer Star Jakub Jankto Comes Out as Gay

Jankto is the first active international men's player to announce he's gay.

TikTok Executive V Pappas Comes Out as Nonbinary

The chief operating officer said they were inspired to reflect on their gender thanks to discussions with their children.

Campbell Johnson, Former All Blacks Pro-Rugby Player, Comes Out As Gay

Campbell Johnstone is the first member of the famed New Zealand rugby team to come out.

Russian Tennis Champ Daria Kasatkina Says She's Relieved After Coming Out

Kasatkina not only came out as queer, but she's also been a vocal critic of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Noah Schnapp, Will on 'Stranger Things,' Comes Out as Gay

"I guess I'm more similar to Will than I thought," Schnapp captioned a TikTok video, as his character has been going through a coming-out process as well.

Gloria Estefan Opens Up About Her Daughter Coming Out

The iconic singer said she's since apologized to her daughter, Emily, about what happened.

Olivia Colman Proud of Kit Connor for Coming Out, Slams His Bullies

Olivia Colman, who plays Kit Connor's mom in Heartstopper, called out those who "bullied" Connor into coming out as bisexual last month.

Isaac Humphries, Pro Basketball Player, Comes Out as Gay

Humphries said that he's ready to "live my true life."

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Gay Metal God, Eminem on Same Night

The musical celebration honored a trailblazer and someone who drops antigay slurs with regularity.

Hank Williams Jr.’s Son Sam Williams Comes Out

Sam Williams evokes his famous lineage and breaking free of gender norms in a lovely music video.

Heartstopper Star Kit Connor Comes Out as Bi, Says He Was Forced

Connor wrote on Twitter that some people apparently didn't get the message of the popular queer Netflix show.

Rebel Wilson Opens Up About Being Forced to Come Out

Wilson says that an Australian journalist had "threatened" to publicize the actress's same-sex relationship before the couple was ready to make the announcement.

Byron Perkins Makes History As First Out Football Player at HBCU

The defensive back plays for Hampton University in the Colonial Athletic Association.