Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus ‘comes out’ with new name

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ABOVE: The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus’ new name and logo. Photo courtesy the caucus.

The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, formerly the LGBTA Democratic Caucus, unveiled their new name on Oct. 11 for National Coming Out Day.

The caucus has 19 statewide chapters throughout Florida. It represents members of the LGBTQ community to the Florida Democratic Party, which it’s currently doing at the party’s 2019 State Convention in Orlando Oct. 11-13.

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Out NFL bisexual Ryan Russell just wants to play

By : Karen Ocamb of the Los Angeles Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Ryan Russell, photo courtesy Russell.

LOS ANGELES | It was a long two days. NFL free agent Ryan Russell came out twice in a personal column on ESPN on Aug. 29 and during the subsequent whirlwind of press—first as a bisexual and second as a defensive end who writes poetry and romance stories.

“My primary objective right now is football and getting back in the NFL and playing. And I think the biggest way that I could also kind of help be a more visible figure in professional football, for other LGBT players, is to be on the field,” Russell who continues to train at the NFL’s Exos sports program in Carson, tells the Blade. “I know that there’s an opportunity for me, and I know that my best years of playing are ahead of me and I can’t wait to show the world what I can do.”

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Julianne Hough comes out as ‘not straight’

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ABOVE: Julianne Hough, photo via Hough’s Facebook page.

Julieanne Hough publicly discussed her sexuality for the first time in an interview with Women’s Health.

The “America’s Got Talent” and “Dancing with the Stars” judge posed nude on the cover of Women’s Health’s “Naked Strength” issue and got candid about when she came out as “not straight” to her husband, hockey player Brooks Laich.

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‘Fuller House’ star Juan Pablo Di Pace comes out as gay

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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“Fuller House” star Juan Pablo Di Pace has come out as gay.

Di Pace, who hails from Argentina and was raised Catholic, opened up about his sexuality during a Ted Talk at a TedX event. The talk, titled “The Story of Your Life,” was recorded in March and recently uploaded to YouTube.

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‘Old Town Road’ rapper Lil Nas X comes out

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rapper Lil Nas X came out as part of the LGBTQ community on the last day of Pride month.

“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to ‘c7osure’,” Lil Nas X wrote on Twitter along with a clip from his song “C7osure” and a rainbow emoji.

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Andy Brennan is the first male Australian pro soccer player to come out as gay

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Andy Brennan is the first male Australian professional soccer player to come out as gay.

The 26-year-old, who plays forward for the club Green Gully, made the announcement in an Instagram post.

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Paris Jackson reaffirms she’s been in the LGBTQ community for years

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ABOVE: After posting on Instagram, Paris Jackson defends her place in the LGBTQ community she’s had for years. Image courtesy of Jackson’s Twitter. 

Gay Star News gave a delayed welcome to the LGBTQ community to Paris Jackson, who took to Twitter and Instagram to reemphasize when she came out.

Jackson, a 20-year-old model who currently performs in a duo called “The Soundflowers,” responded to the article and argued that she has been a part of the community for years.

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Watch: Harry Styles helps Maryland fan come out to her mom on stage

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Harry Styles helped a fan come out to her mom in a video that has gone viral.

Grace, who is from Baltimore, traveled to Styles’ concert in San Jose, Calif. and brought a sign that read, “I’m gonna come out to my parents because of you.”

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Jamiel and Rachel Maze

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Taking a chance on same-sex attraction ends in always-and-forever I do’s.

Jamiel Maze had never dated or been attracted to women before. That’s when she met Rachel at an end-of-year bowling party. “Jamiel randomly came up to me and challenged me to a game,” says Rachel, Jamiel’s new wife. “The entire competition seemed like flirting, but I couldn’t be sure.”

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Ian McKellen celebrates his 30th anniversary coming out as gay

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actor Ian McKellen celebrated an important milestone over the weekend, the 30th anniversary of his public coming out.

“I’ve never met a gay person who regretted coming out – including myself. Life at last begins to make sense, when you are open and honest. Today is the 30th anniversary of the BBC radio discussion when I publically said I was gay. So I’m celebrating,” McKellen, 78, tweeted.

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Ellen DeGeneres gets candid about being bullied after coming out

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ellen DeGeneres has become an LGBT icon but the talk show host faced bullying and depression before she became the positive, popular figure she is today.

DeGeneres, 59, revealed in an interview with Good Housekeeping that after coming out in 1997 she was faced with an onslaught of bullying that sent her into a depression.

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Matt Bomer gets candid about coming out to his family

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Matt Bomer opened up about coming out to his family and how keeping his gay identity a secret was pivotal in learning how to act, in an interview with Out.

Bomer, 39, revealed one of the ways he learned about acting was by “having secrets.”

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