James Whiteside talks about his experience growing up and coming out, including the time his mom tried to set him up on a date with Beyoncé.
My story starts with a lost child in a big city where dreams are made and letting you decide the life you want to live. This is my coming out story.
Looking back, seeing the little parts of myself that distinguished me from other kids – they’re the best parts of myself that I love, and that it’s just so important to embrace.
I always knew I wasn’t like all the other little boys. Growing up in a traditional Filipino household meant church on Sundays, bringing home straight As, and “fitting in.” Somewhere in between my affinity for beauty pageants but my aversion to being sexually attracted to those beauty queens, I knew there was something about me… Read more »
In the closet, miserable. Out of the closet and free to be me, happier than ever before.
So I have 2 coming out stories combined in one. I grew up in a very strict Italian Catholic family and for awhile was taught about religious marriage, etc. This was an ideology installed in me. I remember being teased in middle and high school about being “too girly” or people would call me “Fag”… Read more »
In sixth grade through eighth grade I actually found guys attractive because I watched High School Musical and all those teen movies. When I got to high school I dated one girl but it didn’t workout and I pretended to like girls to fit in, but I still felt guys were attractive. After I graduated… Read more »
My coming out story is… a little less traditional than most. See, I’ve been sort of with my first boyfriend a good couple weeks before I came out. Very sneaky, very behind-closed-doors. It was your typical high school romance, all lovey dovey and stuff. Nice, for the most part. I went to a going-away BBQ… Read more »