11 of the Most Popular Coming Out Videos on YouTube

First celebrated in 1988, National Coming Out Day has been observed every October 11 for more than 25 years. Since then, we've seen tremendous progress be made, from the legalization of same-sex marriage to the unprecedented visibility of trans people. Had people in our community not come out, none of this would have been possible. It takes knowing LGBT people, talking with them, loving them, for society at large to understand and embrace us.

One day, it may not be necessary for us to come out, but until that point, coming out is a hugely important—and hugely nerve-wracking—moment in any LGBT person's life. In the age of YouTube, many have taken to the Internet, not only to get it done in one swift motion, but to help make it easier for other young people struggling with their sexual and/or gender identities.

Here are 11 of the most popular coming out videos ever posted:

11. Jacob Rudolph, 2.1 million views

10. Dan & Brian, 2.4 million views

9. Gigi Georgeus, 3.5 million views

8. Lucas Cruikshank, 5.1 million views

7. Ellen Page, 5.5 million views

6. Troye Sivan, 7.2 million views

5. Joey Graceffa, 7.3 million views

4. Connor Franta, 11.2 million views

3. Tom Daley, 12 million views

2. Ingrid Nilsen, 16 million views

1. Austin and Aaron Rhodes, 23.3 million views

Michelle Wins the Outie Champion Award!

The “Outies” were awarded at the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016. I’m so excited to announce that my mother Michelle Smith won the Champion Award!

“The Champion Award recognizes any LGBT person or Ally who has made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality. The champion award winner will have shown a unique commitment to LGBT workplace rights and will have used his or her talents to further that cause, even at some risk.”

I am so proud of my Mother Michelle Smith for wining an Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Outie Award! She is an amazing role model and advocate to the LGBT community.

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To learn more about the 2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, click here.

Guess who’s nominated for an Outie Award!

I’m so honored to announce that my mother Michelle Smith has been nominated for and Outie Award!

The “Outies” are awarded at the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Outie Awards recognize individuals and organizations who are leaders in advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in workplaces globally.

Michelle is a nominated for the Champion Award. “The Champion Award recognizes any LGBT person or Ally who has made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality. The champion award winner will have shown a unique commitment to LGBT workplace rights and will have used his or her talents to further that cause, even at some risk.”


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Michelle Smith is a Project Engineer in the Ventures organization within Phantom Works – Boeing. Michelle has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network as well as St. Louis Public Radio where she spoke to her experience of transitioning in the workplace. She is a member of the Out and Equal Transgender Advisory Committee member where she was an active participant in completing the Workplace Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines.

“Michelle has provided one on one coaching for employees who are currently in transition. Michelle leverages her personal experience in transitioning to help coach, provide support and hope to employees beginning and in the process of transitioning in the workplace.”

 


I couldn’t be more prouder of my mother and can’t wait to see if she wins at the 2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit October 4 – October 7 on Orlando, FL

 

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To learn more about the 2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, click here.

To learn more about the Outies, click here.

To learn more about the other Champion Award nominees, click here.

Looking Wrap-Up Movie Gets a Premiere Date at HBO


HBO is Looking to say goodbye to Patrick, Dom & Co. this summer. The cabler announced on Tuesday that the HBO dramedy’s two-hour wrap-up movie will air Saturday, July 23. In the film, Patrick (Jonathan Groff) returns to the city for the first time in almost a year to celebrate a momentous event with his…

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Top guns in love struggle against institutional homophobia

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This weekend I watched a newer ‪#‎LGBT‬ themed movie, Burning Blue. Set in the wake of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell its a story of Two Navy fighter pilots that find themselves in the midst of a forbidden relationship throwing their lives and careers into disarray. Burning Blue is a fine drama about days that are hopefully behind us. The mere fact that the military apparently cooperated in the making of this film indicates as much. A fine ensemble cast plays this one from the heart. I definitely recommend you see this one.

Check out the Trailer Below: