coming out

Mo'Nique Says Gay-Themed 'Blackbird' Will 'Save a Lot of Lives'

The coming-of-age drama "Blackbird" may raise eyebrows with its intimate same-sex encounters and Christian themes. But Mo'Nique, who headlines the film as the mentally ill mother of a teenager struggling with his sexuality, says it will also spark dialogue. "It’s gonna save a lot of lives," said the Oscar-winning actress. "I’ve hung around in the gay community since I was 16 years old, so I got a chance to really hear their stories and most of their stories were the same — 'my family can't accept me, or my mom's really religious.'"

Being Black and Gay

"It's 2015 and we live in a world that tolerates us but is a long way from accepting us. I came out at 19 and I presumed that I had won the battle. I'm a young black male so (and this shouldn't roll so easily off my tongue, but it does) I'm used to being labelled, and having to prove that I'm more than just the tone of my skin or the hoodie I may choose to wear. However, nothing prepared me for the backlash from my own ethnic community to me being openly gay."

Former Baseball Player Jason Burch Comes Out as Gay

Jason Burch, a former Minor League baseball player, has come out as gay. Mr Burch began playing baseball professionally in 2003, and has played for a number of lower-tier teams during his time in the sport. In an interview with Outsports, the player revealed that he had shared his sexuality with a number of team-mates – but had never been asked about it publicly. He said: "Looking back, I wish I had told the whole world that I’m gay from day one.

Coming Out as a Black Gay Man

"I've started to come out but am finding it hard work and difficult. I'm 21 and black and know that some of my family are going to have a major problem when, or if, I tell them. In fact I'm finding out first hand that some of the black community are never going to accept me. Any advice?"

Nigerian Author and Marketing Exec Kehinde Bademosi Comes Out as Gay

Kehinde Bademosi, founder of Nigerian marketing school Orange Academy, has come out as gay in a public posting on Facebook. In a similar move Bademosi publically disclosed his HIV-positive status last December on World AIDS Day. Bademosi’s latest announcement coincides with the one-year anniversary of Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act being signed into law by president Goodluck Jonathan.

#IAmUnbroken - Michael Sam

Michael Sam shares his feelings when he made history as the first openly gay NFL player.

Paul

"Homophobia is like any kind of fascism, it's sick behaviour, and it damages people. The homophobia that I experienced as a kid, really destroyed my confidence, my self-esteem, spirit and soul. The Christian brainwashing stopped me from flourishing and enjoying life to the full. But I'm determined to show that as a gay man I can be strong. Now I'm finding happiness, confidence and love."

Jonathan

"I chose to be a part of the Black Gay Visibility project because I want people to understand that they're not alone, they're not inadequate, and that there are people out there who can support them. I think we need more hubs where people can come and share each other's experiences."

Jarrelle

"I was quite lucky because I didn't experience any form of bullying in terms of my sexuality, however, it was still difficult. When I came out to my family, my mum acted somewhat surprised, but she was okay. I think my family kind of always knew." - Jarrelle shares his experience of coming out

Gay Pop Star Can't Remember His Best Sex Ever

It has been common knowledge that he was gay, but Kele's his strict Catholic Nigerian parents were far from cool with their son’s sexuality, so he never talked about it in interviews. Since then, Kele has gradually inched his way out of the closet and today is ready to talk about almost everything.

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