7 Inspiring Coming Out Videos


October 11 is National Coming Out Day. Here are 7 inspiring coming out-related videos, mixing celebrity and personal stories about the significance and power of coming out.


1) NOH8′s “I’m Coming Out” Campaign

This PSA was actually produced in 2009 but is just as relevant today. Significantly, the PSA speaks directly to straight allies to urge them to come out and make their voices heard in supporting their LGBT loved ones and friends.

This week, NOH8 also released a new photoblog featuring a collection of 26 lawmakers all adding their voices to the NOH8 message. Click here to see Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Al Green and many more standing up for equal rights.

2) Jazz’s Coming Out Story as a Trans Man

Coming out is incredibly daunting, and here Jazz admirably communicates both the anxiety and the relief of coming out.

3) Portia De Rossi Explains Why She’s Glad She Came Out

In the video below, actress Portia De Rossi explains how coming out changed her life and gave her the career she had always wanted. She also talks about her wife Ellen DeGeneres’ coming out, and how Ellen’s trailblazing led the way for other people in Hollywood to step out of the closet.

4) People.com’s Janet Mock Comes Out to Tell You It Gets Better

When in 2011 People.com editor Janet Mock recorded her It Gets Better video, she also came out publicly as a trans woman. Hear her story below:

Mock has gone on to create the #GirlsLikeUs campaign, using her voice to amplify the cause for fair and equal treatment of trans women. You can keep up with Janet Mock’s latest work here.

5) Holly on Coming Out as Bisexual

When a person, young or old, comes out as bisexual they can face unique challenges and prejudices. Here, Holly talks about her own coming out as a bisexual woman.

6) Kayla Kearney Comes Out in Her High School Assembly

In 2011, Maria Carrillo High School senior Kayla Kearney came out to her high school classmates in an assembly honoring Martin Luther King Jr.. As a theater student, Kearny sounds remarkably calm as she delivers her talk, but her words are no less powerful.

7) Gareth Thomas, The Only Openly Gay Man On a Professional Sports Team

When rugby player Gareth Thomas came out, he became the only openly gay man on a professional sports team.

Here, Gareth talks to Ellen DeGeneres about coming out in later life and how, ultimately, it was a positive — and even lifesaving — experience.



If you would like advice on coming out, including tips on when might be a good and safe time to be open about your sexuality or gender identity, please click here.


Related Reading:

Is Batman Coming Out of the Closet?

Coming Out at 7 Years Old: How Should Parents Respond?

National Coming Out Day – My Coming Out Story

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

amazing and inspiring. thank you

pam w.
pam w.3 years ago

Beautifully done!

Now---get the ones who need to hear this to LISTEN!

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia3 years ago


Winnie Rosaline
Winnie Rosaline3 years ago

Wonderful, thank you.

Allan Yorkowitz
.3 years ago

Garath Thomas, and Kayla Kearney- fantastic messages

BMutiny TCorporationsAreE

"Lawrence v. Texas, (2003) is a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court. In the 6-3 ruling, the Court struck down the sodomy law in Texas and, by extension, invalidated sodomy laws in thirteen other states, making same-sex sexual activity legal in every U.S. state and territory." This was based on a Constitutional Right to Privacy. Imagine, as LATE as 2003!!! We have forgotten so fast... and have come a LONG ways in a relatively short time! {Altho WAY overdue!}
Those opposed to Marriage Equality on spurious Religious grounds, ALSO WANT TO TRY TO MAKE HOMOSEXUALITY ILLEGAL - AGAIN! This is what Paul Ryan and other Rethuglicans HAVE SAID THEY WANTED. It is in the RETHUGLICAN PLATFORM of Minnesota and some other States!!!
They LONG for the good-old-days, where in many States, one could be JAILED and FINED for engaging in Same-sex sex -- which, of course, MADE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE OUT OF THE QUESTION!
Making consensual Same-sex sex by Adults, legal, then IMPLIED THAT MARRIAGE WOULD BE LEGAL, ALSO.
The Religions do not just object to Gay Marriage; but, they would OUTLAW GAY SEX ITSELF, IF IT AGAIN BECAME WITHIN THEIR POWER TO DO SO.
This is an important thing to Remember in November. NEVER VOTE FOR GAY-BIGOT REPUKELICANS!!!

BMutiny TCorporationsAreE

There is not one single argument against Gay Marriage, or Marriage Equality, that is NOT based on some silly, out-dated, SUPERSTITIOUS assumptions of some ridiculous RELIGIOUS belief. NOT ONE SINGLE ARGUMENT. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Nothing.
There is NO argument against Marriage Equality that is logical, rational, science-based, intelligent, reasonable, historical, psychological, sociological, anthropological, "natural", Humanistic, or SECULAR.
Since these anti-Gay arguments belong to only a FEW religious beliefs in the world, they ought to be IGNORED by ALL governments which are governments of ALL the people, not a religious minority attempting to impose ITS NONSENSICAL BELIEFS.
The religions are screaming "Foul!" because, Oh, do they ever miss those good-old-days when they CONTROLLED governments and could impose their ideas by FORCE, by imprisonment, torture, execution... and when they had the power to OUTLAW GAY SEX ITSELF...

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal3 years ago

Powerful and positive message to the world.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Erin Kathleen
Erin Walden3 years ago

Brave people one and all. I came out years ago and I understand how hard this is to do. Blessings to all.