The Conversation

Coming Out Week

In the face of bigotry and hatred, Ravishly celebrates the stories of those able to come out.
I went by the umbrella term “queer” for the first year and a half because I was convinced I didn’t qualify as bisexual. Image: Imani Clovs/Unsplash.

My Bisexuality Is Real — No Matter Who I Date

If I get into a heterosexual relationship and spend the rest of my life with that person, I will still be bisexual. I will still feel that attraction to the man on the other side of the bar, even if... Read
Submitted by Matt Joseph Diaz | 06.24.16 12am
Still here. Still queer. Image: Liz Lazzara.

Dating A Man Doesn't Negate My Queerness

If you see me with my partner, you’ll more than likely think that I’m a straight girl in a heterosexual relationship — and there’s nothing I hate more. Being with a man seems to negate my sexuality,... Read
Submitted by Liz Lazzara | 06.24.16 12am
When I began having romantic feelings for girls, I was surprised, scared, and hesitant, but I wasn’t willing to totally shut it down.

From Straight To Queer: My Path Of Discovery

I was — for a long time — straight. And then I wasn’t.
Submitted by Rachel Charlene Lewis | 06.23.16 12am
“I know what I am now. I’m pansexual.”  Image: Pixabay.

My 10-Year-Old Daughter Came Out At Pride. I'm Proud, But Also Afraid.

Moments after this big reveal, as I sat with the knowledge that I was the mother of a queer daughter, we heard about the man in Los Angeles being stopped on his way to Pride with guns and bombs, and... Read
Submitted by Anonymous | 06.22.16 12am
The one person I thought I could trust, the one person I thought would accept me, turned her back on me.  Image: Thinkstock.

I Came Out As Trans To My Best Friend In Middle School — And She Rejected Me

When you have a best friend, you expect to be able to tell them anything and for them to love you unconditionally, without judgment. At least, that’s what I felt about my best friend in sixth grade.... Read
Submitted by Courtney Keesee | 06.21.16 12am

Mondays With Matt: On Coming Out And Expressing Your Sexuality

This week, Matt kicks off our Conversation series on coming out with his own story.
Submitted by Matt Joseph Diaz | 06.20.16 11am
As a queer Latina, this news hit me on multiple fronts. Image: Ana Larazzy/Pexels.

On Embracing LGBTQ Labels In The Face Of Anti-Queer Violence

I’m not straight, but I often feel like a queer outsider. And I know I’m not the only one. Just a few days prior to the shooting, a fellow queer mama who is also married to a man came out on Facebook... Read
Submitted by Priscilla Blossom | 06.20.16 12am