Steve Henn. In the past 20 years, the Internet has significantly changed what it means to grow up as a gay kid in this country. Before the Web, many gay young people grew up in what seemed to be isolation, particularly those in small towns. But with the advent of online chat rooms and Websites dedicated to gay culture, communities formed, and that demographic began finding new support.
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The gay teen brothers who became a viral sensation after an emotional video of themselves coming out to their father hit YouTube got even more personal in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres this week. Aaron and Austin Rhodes, who are known on the Internet as " The Rhodes Bros ," said they felt more anxiety coming out to their father than they had with their mother. The brothers, who are originally from Ohio but now live in Los Angeles, said they came out to each other when they were both 16 years old. Noting that he was inspired by other coming out videos that have made the blogosphere rounds, Austin said that the now-famous telephone call was "the scariest moment" of his young life. Later on, the twins' father joined the interview, and while he appeared apprehensive at first, told Ellen that "there's a weight off both our sides" ever since his sons came out as gay.
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Graduation season is here. And as tradition dictates, seniors have carefully selected quotes to accompany their yearbook photos and forever reflect who they were during this crucial time. And for many LGBTQ teens, that means coming out — whether for the first or just the latest, most permanent in-print time, according to a flurry of social media posts. So when it was time to choose his senior quote, he decided to use this experience as inspiration for what to write. Coming out in a yearbook quote, for some high school seniors, may be a safer way to make a statement and share with their school who they are.
It's normal to wonder about coming out telling people that we're gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. On the one hand, it might feel like a relief: Friends might be asking questions that you avoid or have trouble answering. On the other hand, you probably think about how your world could change: How will people react? Will the people you tell spread the word to someone you'd prefer didn't know?