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How to Come Out - Your Guide to the Closet, and Whether or Not It's Time to Leave it Behind

'Coming out' is an almost universal experience for non-cisgender and non-heterosexual people. While it isn't necessarily part of everyone's personal journey with their gender identity or sexuality, chances are that if you don't have a personal coming out story, you know a friend or relative who does. You might also unfortunately know of an outing story, where someone's sexuality or gender identity was disclosed without their consent. These are all parts of the vast and varied coming out process.

October 11th is National Coming Out Day (or NCOD), and it's meant to spread awareness about the LGBTQ+ coming out experience. Usually framed as part of a journey, 'coming out of the closet' generally involves disclosing your sexual or gender identity to others. It can be a very sensitive, scary and personal experience, but many people in the LGBTQ+ community report feeling much happier within themselves after coming out.

As many countries in the world move towards decriminalising homosexuality, legalising gay marriage and signing in legal protections against the discrimination of LGBTQ+ people, coming out is slowly becoming a less fraught process. In fact, with more young people than ever identifying as not-straight and not-cisgender, coming out is actually becoming less common than it used to be. This doesn't indicate that more people are becoming LGBTQ+ or that coming out is no longer necessary, but rather that it's becoming safer for people to identify as LGBTQ+ without fear or persecution.

Coming out has no age limit: whether you're 14 or 45, it's never too late to confirm your gender identity or sexuality for yourself. We've rounded up advice on things to consider before you come out, and some tips on how to do it in style, once you're ready.

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Alternative Masturbation Techniques for Trans People

For many trans people who have not had gender-affirming bottom surgery, sex and masturbation can be a minefield. ‘Traditional’ ways of masturbating - especially with your hands - can trigger feelings of gender dysphoria, ranging from mild discomfort to utter revulsion. As the Sexual Happiness people, we at Lovehoney want everyone to have the most fulfilling sex life possible, and sometimes that can mean thinking outside of the box.

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7 Top Oral Sex Moves (For Anybody)

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If you’re looking to improve your oral presentation (and no, we don’t mean the kind that's accompanied by a PowerPoint) then this is the article for you.

We’ve got three playful positions and four insightful tips to elevate your oral sex, no matter what body parts you and your partner possess.

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Sex-Positive People That Everyone Should Know About

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Consider yourself sexually empowered or 'bold as brass'? In alignment with your erotic authenticity? Or do you struggle with low sexual esteem? Meet a few remarkable folk past and present who've blazed the trail for self-expression, self-love and badass sexual empowerment.

The rise to power of sex-positive celebrities and professionals has seen social media as a prominent platform to promote and celebrate sexual expression, responsibility, and diversity. Taboos and misconceptions are constantly being blown out of the water. However, let’s not forget the journey that this rise in sexual awareness, gender diversity, and the warm gooey embrace of sexual expression and body positivity has been on, and continues to pursue.

Here are 5 sex-positive game-changers from the media and throughout history who've rejected and challenged sexual stereotypes and assumptions, bravely obliterating anything standing in the way of their magnificent sexual selves. These champions have fought for the right for us to ‘cum as we are'...

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10 Sex Positions for Gay Men and MLM Relationships

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You on top, them on top, everyone on their sides... We've all got our go-to sex positions, but don't you find that sometimes, you'd like to try something a little more... unexpected?

When it comes to shaking up your sex routine, there's no easier or faster way to add some spice than by switching out your position play.

With that in mind, we've pulled together 10 top (and bottom) sex poses that allow you and your same-sex partner to easily experiment with both penetrative and non-penetrative sex.

Looking for a little extra 'je ne sais quoi'? We've also included our top toy suggestions to make each pose even more explosive - as it were.

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