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Loud and Proud

I’ve always been an entertainer. As soon as I could walk, I was putting on shows in the living room for anyone who would watch. My family was always supportive but my classmates were far from it. I was relentlessly made fun of and bullied for being loud and funny, because in their eyes, I… Read more »

Posted by Daniel Lynn Evans

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

I Found My Voice From My Queer Mentors

Growing up near Fort Lauderdale meant seeing LGBT couples, families, teachers, and other young people almost every day — and never thinking twice about how special that was. When I started working in the theatre as a teenager, I met other kids who felt special because of our differences. I was able to come out… Read more »

Posted by Jonathan Lovitz
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A Weight Off My Chest

I don’t really know how to begin my story. So let’s just jump right in… I started pondering over my sexuality while still in the seventh grade. An incident occurred between me and close friend, where she revealed to me that she was in love with someone in our very small friend group. We were… Read more »

Posted by Emily

I Wanna Be Me

I wanted to come out many times before my coming out day, but I was scared. I grew up as an only child who went to Catholic school from Pre-K through high school and was raised in a Filipino/Belgian and very Roman Catholic family, and I was terrified with how they would react to me… Read more »

Posted by Nico

This Is Me

People seem to always tell me that I’m “too mature” for my age. I just give them a smile, but in my head, I’m always like “if only you knew what I’ve been through”. Growing up my father really wasn’t in the picture, and my mom was working and trying to get my little brother… Read more »

Posted by Hector Trejo

Growing Up Gay in Iraq

Amir is the Founder and Executive Director of IraQueer, the first and only human rights organization focused on the LGBT+ in the Iraq and Kurdistan regions. I never really had a coming out story! I always thought I was never really inside anything to come out! But that still did not mean that I could… Read more »

Posted by Amir

My Coming Out Story

I’ve always known I was different. But it took 11 years to complete love being different!

Posted by Zach

Becoming my Natural Self

Hello, my name is Jordan. I am a 26 year old transwoman that has been many places physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I was born male Jordan and raised in a middle class family. My mom raised me in a household full of emotional turmoil and mental illnesses. I was in and out of psych hospitals… Read more »

Posted by Jordan B
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