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Are You Over Celebrity Coming Out Stories?

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Are You Over Celebrity Coming Out Stories?
You may be trapped in the closet, but getting out is tougher than expected.
No matter how you slice it, it's still someone coming into being authentically who they are!

I get it, you get it, we all get it. Celebrities, in sports or entertainment, coming out of the closet is headline news until it’s not. And why is that? Just because you host a major news show on CNN, or play for the Los Angeles Galaxy, or are the first openly WNBA player to come out, doesn’t make it any easier or worse. In fact, it just makes you another authentic person, coming into your authentic self, to live your authentic sexual truth.

Coming out does not discriminate, nor magnify and diminish the coming out experience based on socio-economic status. To my knowledge, Anderson Cooper didn’t write some big check to buy his way into the gay community or to keep his job on CNN. Robbie Rogers didn’t have to make special notes on his green card application to come play soccer in America as a gay soccer star. Brittney Griner, isn’t shaking up the WNBA by paying off acceptance bribes with her Nike endorsement. If anything, each and every time a celebrity comes out, it catapults the acceptance and equality movement forward; not unlike the adoption of same-sex marriage on a state-by-state level. Each moment defines how the LGBT community gains traction away from being treated like second-class citizens.

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Cry the blues all you want if you think celebrities have it much easier in the journey. I personally see everyone as experiencing the same risk—loss of acceptance from someone they love—be that public or personal. Regardless of the size of the bank or fame account, we all have the coming out coals to walk on. The only difference, if you can even call it that, is how, when and why we choose to come out! True, celebrity status may play a factor, but how is that any different from you or I choosing to not to come out because we will lose face in our church? Or how coming out might get the captain of the football team an immediate oust after being the star player for four years running. They’re all thoughts and beliefs that each of us holds tender and dear to our own value system around why coming out is a precious decision with potential detrimental impact. Keep Reading...

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Rick Clemons, The Gay Man's Life Coach & The Coming Out Coach

Rick is a straight-forward, compassionate, insightful, challenging, mentor, guide, and Certified Professional Coach who's been featured on The Ricki Lake Show, and is a highly sought after radio show personality, blogger, author, and faculty member of Sex Coach U. His loving, challenging, gentle, and inspiring approach ignites a fire in clients, helping them get through the darkest moments of life and come out the other side, kicking butt, and being authentically themselves.

Rick thrives, working with individuals, and those in their inner circle, as they embark on the journey out of the closet and beyond. He specializes in helping people build confidence, uncover their deepest passions, and live their life's purpose. Authenticity isn't just a word he throws around lightly. It's the backbone of his practice and the manner in which he personnally strives to live each and every day of his own life.

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