Stories

Black Boy Free: My Coming Out Story

Pierrot Obi, 25, singer-songwriter, London. I was born in Northern Italy, in Central Reggio Emilia; we moved to the very outskirts of Reggio when I was 8, to an in-the-middle-of-nowhere type of town called Campagnola Emilia; to this day, Campagnola is the place I call “hometown”. I’m the first of three, born in a very… Read more »

Posted by Pierrot Obi

Not What I Expected

Me coming out to my mom was not what I was expecting. I always thought she would be okay with it, since two of her best friends are gay men, one is even a drag queen, and she’s always been so accepting and kind to them. I was 16 years old, almost 17, when I… Read more »

Posted by Gery

I’m Unique

My early childhood was very difficult, rolled with pitifully comments from the school friends. Never ever I felt comfortable back at my school. Narrow mindless was surrounded within my life. Latter I discovered a friend of mine with whom my thoughts was relatable . Life got a bit easier. I just had given my class… Read more »

Posted by Bhaskar

Rainbow Dragon Soaring High

The cursor flashes, steady and constant, synchronized with the pounding of my heart. My hands and legs shake in anticipation of what I am about to say. As fear begins to creep in, I breathe in – I am brave, I am bold, I will make no more apologies for who I am. I am… Read more »

Posted by Hannah

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

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… 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