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Transgender Teen's Parents Show Their Support in a Heartwarming Birth Announcement

Parents Write Newspaper Birth Announcement to Show Acceptance of Teen Transgender Son

Originally posted 12/02/2014 06:30PM

When a young transgender man came out to his parents, they welcomed him with open arms in the wittiest, most endearing way possible: With a "birth" announcement that's sweeping social media.

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Ty Herndon: The Support I've Received Since Coming Out 'Blew My Mind'

Ty Herndon: The Support I've Received Since Coming Out 'Blew My Mind'

Originally posted 11/25/2014 09:25PM

He hasn't even been out of the closet a week, yet country star Ty Herndon says the positive reaction he's already received "just blew my mind."

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Proudly Announces He's Gay

Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Comes Out as Gay

Originally posted 10/30/2014 07:50AM

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay.

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Michael Sam Cut by the St. Louis Rams

Michael Sam Cut by the St. Louis Rams

Originally posted 08/30/2014 05:05PM

The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

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Jane Lynch on Her Sexuality: 'It Was Almost Like I Had a Disease'

Jane Lynch on Her Sexuality: 'It Was Almost Like I Had a Disease'

Originally posted 05/19/2014 11:50AM

Jane Lynch plays strong and confident Sue Sylvester on Glee, but she wasn't always as self-assured as the cheerleading coach she portrays on TV.

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Coming Out in Sports: How Two Soccer Teammates and Fiancées are Inspiring Others

Gay Soccer Teammates and Fiancées: 'Everyone Wants to Be Accepted'

Originally posted 05/18/2014 05:15PM

Unlike many pro athletes a generation ago, when soccer players Joanna Lohman and Lianne Sanderson came out in their early twenties, their families, friends and teammates were more than accepting.

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Coming Out In Sports: WNBA's Brittney Griner 'Felt Like Half of Me Wasn't Accepted'

WNBA's Brittney Griner on Being a Gay Athlete: I Felt Like Half of Me Wasn't Accepted

Originally posted 05/16/2014 05:00PM

Brittney Griner's basketball skills took her to the top of her sport, helping her college team win a national championship at Baylor and becoming the No. 1 pick of the Phoenix Mercury in the 2013 WNBA draft.

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Coming Out in Sports: Billy Bean Regrets Quitting Major League Baseball Over Gay Secret

Billy Bean Regrets Quitting Major League Baseball Rather Than Coming Out

Originally posted 05/15/2014 02:45PM

Billy Bean still wishes he'd handled things differently back in 1995 when he quit baseball, rather than tell his teammates that he is gay.

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Coming Out in Sports: Michael Sam Made His Decision Sooner Than He'd Planned

Michael Sam: I Was Going to Come Out After the NFL Draft

Originally posted 05/14/2014 12:10PM

Michael Sam told the world he was gay sooner than he intended.

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NFL Has Its First Openly Gay Player – Michael Sam Drafted by St. Louis Rams

Michael Sam Drafted by St. Louis Rams to Become the NFL's First Openly Gay Player

Originally posted 05/10/2014 07:15PM

Michael Sam made NFL history Saturday night.

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