Think 'coming out' is synonymous with 'gay'? Time to rethink that.

Chances are, if you use the Internet, you've run into a "coming out" moment.

In this type of moment, the person is "coming out" of the closet to a family member, to a friend, or to the world, usually through a video. Sometimes, it might be in an interview instead of a video.

Famous folks like Michael Sam, Neil Patrick Harris, and Ellen Page have done it.


Image via Human Rights Campaign.

And thousands of everyday people have uploaded videos of their experiences too.

Aaron and Austin Rhodes' coming out video to their father was a tearjerker. Image via the Rhodes Bros.

Many of the coming out videos that circulate on Facebook, go viral, and get all the attention and feels are where the person is coming out as gay.

But did you know that's not the only expression of identity that people are coming out with?

That's right. "Coming out" can be about more than being gay.

Bruce Jenner came out as a woman.

Image via ABC News.

DJ and model Ruby Rose came out as genderfluid. In Ruby's words, genderfluid is "feel[ing] more like I wake up every day sort of gender neutral," meaning Ruby doesn't squarely identify as either man or woman.


Image via Ruby Rose's video, which you can read more about here.

Singer R. Kelly's son, Jay, who recently came out as a transgender boy.

Image via MadameNoire.

So if coming out isn't just about sexual orientation or gender identity, what else could "coming out" mean? Let us count the ways in this infographic by Sex Ed Plus.


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Coming out means something different for everyone. And despite the prevalence of one single type on your Facebook feed, there are plenty more happening every single day.

Let's remember to have compassion for the folks with all kinds of coming out stories.

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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