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.
“Freshman Class President or Freshman Class Queen” are the words that will probably be forever seared into my mind. These words were displayed across my computer screen as I visited an anonymous college gossip website (JuicyCampus) during my second semester as a Penn undergraduate. Those words were about me, the newly elected freshman class president…. Read more »
My last coming out has been the hardest for sure; coming out as a straight man sucks. The whole world sees me as a lesbian and always has. This is probably why coming out as queer was super easy. I’ve always looked like a dyke, but never felt like a dyke. Maybe that’s why I… Read more »
I grew up Mormon in a small town in Alaska. I came out to my parents and family when I was 16. My father supported and showed his unconditional love for me and my mother became very depressed. My mother’s depression in reaction to my sexuality became unbearable so I moved away from home to… Read more »
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 »
I lived a pretty strict religious lifestyle for over 15 years. So, me coming out as a lesbian to my family and friends was pretty shocking and disappointing to those around me. I grew up going to a 7th Day Adventist Church every weekend with my family as well as attending a Christian School from… Read more »
As a little girl, I used to compare the boy-like characteristics between my other female cousins and myself. Thinking, “She’s more tomboy than I, I mustn’t be a lesbian… I can’t be, because she is more of a boy than me.” Years passed with those thoughts in my mind and then when I was 14,… Read more »
Singapore, a small island-nation located at the southern tip of Malaysia is a sovereign nation that sought independence in the year 1965. Though it might have been developed into a first-world country with high human development index and extensive welfare programmes, one it fails miserably at is the freedom of sexual orientation. Though this question… Read more »
“Being gay is the biggest gift that you could possibly get. And it’s gonna take a really long time for you to understand that, maybe. But learn to love that part of your identity. Because what makes you different really is your super power. It’s just a matter of learning how to harness that.” –… Read more »