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Journey to Safety

Luis Mancheno talks about growing up in Ecuador as a gay man, fleeing his home country after being attacked, and eventually finding safety after becoming a refugee in the United States.

Posted by Luis Mancheno

My Struggle

I was 11 years old (2014) when I found out I was different than everyone else. As a 5th grader with barely any knowledge on things, you are even more confused, which I was. There was this girl in my class and she was soo pretty and beautiful that I gave her two of my… Read more »

Posted by Crystin Mikayla

Struggle of Muslim Lesbian

My name is Nzee, I am basically from Pakistan living here in United States from past 4 years. I am born Muslim and proud to call myself Muslim. But I can’t deny the fact that I am lesbian, why it’s happened I don’t know. I sure have a person I want to marry. To me she is the one who gave me courage to face myself in life and truly see myself of what I am. When I and my… Read More

Posted by Nzee

10 Years of Hiding Ended on Groundhog Day 2015

I FOUND “THE ONE” In April of 2004 I walked into a small bank in Sedona, Arizona to begin my job as a Teller. Little did I know that the quiet, sassy, smart, gorgeous and driven gal at the far end of the teller line who was operating the drive-thru would change my life for… Read more »

Posted by Cristin

Coming Out in a Latin Culture

Today marked an important day in my life ¼ a century ago as I looked at the Calendar. “THE DINNER”: In our family it was always tradition to introduce your life partner at a family “dinner” at my Mom and Dad’s home. I can remember it as if was yesterday, I was so nervous and… Read more »

Posted by Tim Vasquez

Looking Inward To Come Out

As an Afro-Caribbean transplant to the US/Brooklyn at 5 years old, not only did I sound different, I was different. It turns out I was totally feminine and unaware of it. But that changed the very first day of school when the teacher screamed at me, “Can’t you read?! That’s the boy’s bathroom! You go… Read more »

Posted by Connie Fleming

Finally Telling Someone

I have been happily married for over 20 years. I have kept my sexuality a secret for 30+ years. Until yesterday. I felt the need to come out as bi to someone. I have known for a long time that I am. I had many girlfriends and a few boyfriends along the way. Never really knowing what path to choose. But life made that decision for me. I married a beautiful woman and raised a family. Yesterday I was talking… Read More

Posted by Mike

Three Small Words

You see I came out a bit late in life. I was 53. But, I’d met a man. And I’d fallen head over heels in love with him. I couldn’t help it. So I had to tell everybody. But I wasn’t out. I mean, I wasn’t out to myself, let alone the rest of the… Read more »

Posted by DAVID C DAWSON

child to adulthood

THIS IS LONG AND EVERYTHING I AM SAYING COMES FROM DEEP DOWN IN MY HEART AND IS WITH SO MUCH LOVE. BTW, WHEN TALKING ABOUT SEXUALITIES I USE STRAIGHT, GAY, AND BI. HOWEVER THERE ARE SO SO SO MANY MORE TYPES OF SEXUALITY THESE ARE MERELY EXAMPLES. XOXO MY STORY I was asked by one… Read more »

Posted by Lewis Freese
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