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Adam Rippon is the First Openly Gay U.S. Athlete to Qualify for the Winter Olympics

Within the last 10 years, there have been multiple LGBTQ+ athletes from the U.S., such as Jillion Potter, Kelly Griffin, Elena Delle Donne and Seimone Augustus at the Rio 2016 Olympics; Lisa Raymond and Megan Rapinoe at the London 2012 Olympics; Lauren Lappin, Vicky Galindo and Natasha Kai at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. However, Adam Rippon will be the first LGBTQ+ male athlete to represent the US, and one of few openly gay athletes to participate


What Happens After You Come Out of the Closet?

As many of you know, Coming Out Day was October 11th. For many people, it was a day where they stepped into the light and revealed their sexualities and identities to loved ones, friends online or their communities. For others, there was a lot of pressure to come out when they weren’t quite ready. If this is you, don’t worry. You are your business and if you don’t want to share that information with anyone,


Greyson Chance Publicly Comes Out As Gay

Singer-songwriter and pianist Greyson Chance publicly came out as gay today on Instagram. “I came to fully recognize that I was gay when I was sixteen. I decided not to publicize my sexuality largely due to a matter of privacy, as I was still trying to find comfort and confidence within my own skin. Further, I always found conversations regarding music, politics, art, books – and the greatness of Nas’ catalog – to be far

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Coming to Terms With Asexuality in a Hypersexual Environment

Sexuality is one of the most fascinating and complex things about human beings in my opinion. Not a single one of us goes through the exact same struggles or experiences when coming to terms with our sexuality. Someone could be wondering for decades what label to put on that aspect of themselves only to find out once they’re middle aged and married, opening up the world to them and making things just that much clearer.


Why LGBT+ Representation Matters At A Young Age

This is probably a cliché start to the typical story of “How I Discovered My Sexuality,” but please bear with me anyway. The earliest I can ever remembering thinking about someone of the same gender in a romantic way is when I was 9 years old in the third grade. There was a new girl in my class that year, and I remember thinking that she was so pretty, and I really wanted to hold


Heteronormativity: It’s Not The “Norm”

In a world where being heterosexual is widely viewed as the “norm”, it’s difficult coming to terms with the fact that you may not fit into the heteronormative lifestyle. Heteronormativity refers to the idea that traditional gender roles and heterosexuality are normal, making everything else abnormal and often considered unacceptable. This idea that only a certain sexuality is valid is both incorrect and damaging. Considering that some people know they aren’t straight from a young


How Coming Out To My Mom Helped Me Accept Myself

It started out with a letter. I was a terrified, Christian teen coming to terms with my sexuality. For around a year now, I have known that I am a biromantic asexual. “Biromantic asexuals seek romantic relationships for a variety of reasons including companionship, affection, and intimacy, but they are not sexually attracted to their romantic partners.” I have always loved the Lord, but my religion has taught me that being LGBT+ is a sin.


5 Things I Wish My Parents Knew When I Came Out

When I came out to my parents about a year and a half ago, I was one of the very fortunate LGBTQ+ kids to be met with positive and loving responses from my parents. However, while my parents made it clear that they love and support me no matter what, there are still some things I wish (and still wish) they knew when I came out. 1.My identity is real and incredibly valid. I understand


For #BiWeek, We Want You To Stop Invalidating Us

This week we are celebrating bisexuals! People on Twitter are sharing selfies, we’re all showing our pride in multiples ways, and it’s a wonderful time for all of us. Unfortunately, it’s also a time to remind everyone that we are still invalidated and erased everywhere, even within our own community. It’s 2016 and we still have to explain to many people that yes, being bi is a valid sexuality. Even some people in the LGBT+


A Letter To My Closeted Self

Dear Closeted Me, I know what you’re going through right now, and I know it’s very hard. You’re terrified, you’re angry, you hate yourself. You spend your days wondering : “What if they don’t accept me ? What if they reject me and I’m left all by myself ?” You’re not sure how long you can do this. You’re so sick of this burden, you’re tired of hiding who you truly are. You want to

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