In partnership…. To kick things off, we reached out to some of the most inspiring men across fashion, editorial, music, YouTube and beyond to share their own coming out stories as part of a week-long initiative of acceptance, love, and positivity — things that everyone could use a little more of in this period of uncertainty. Staying silent has never really been our style, anyway. Below, are five of our friends and their very important, unique coming out stories. Coming out is never easy, but as you can see below, is totally worth it. Here are their stories in their own words ….
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Before making an announcement to my chapter, I came out to a select number of my brothers over the course of a month, in an attempt to build a supportive coalition. Without the love they had always provided me, and without the acceptance I had already come to know as a brother, I would have never been able to come out of the closet. It was the brotherhood, which had always surrounded me and supported me, that enabled me to finally accept the truth about myself. And after I came out, we only grew closer. The burden was diffused among my 80 brothers, who learned to accept the fact that I was gay and support me and love me nonetheless. These are the tiers of reactions I encountered as I came out to the individuals in my life. Those who loved me most — and who were also the most accepting and progressive —celebrated with me.
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Five years ago, I asked my older sister Kelly if she was gay and she said yes. When you have an LGBT Q sibling, you watch a lot of emotions unfold — pain, anger, resentment, fear, love, confusion, acceptance, doubt, triumph. But most of all, you witness someone daring to go through hell to be who they are. And you never forget a single moment of it. Here are 10 things you learn about life when you have an LGBT sibling.
Life with brothers can be tough at times. One minute you're eating Pop-Tarts for breakfast and the next you're beating each other with backpacks full of hardcover books. It's a dynamic relationship that turns more than a few parents' hair grey. It can also be a bond that we develop with our male peers, especially if there isn't a genetically-related brother to be found. In my case, there is a complication in these relationships though.