Steven

Published by beckatz on April 4th, 2010 - in Video Stories

Steven’s Coming Out Story from I Want the World to Know on Vimeo.

Steven grew up in Virginia in a very Christian household. As a child he wasn’t interested in playing football; instead, he loved playing school. Though his grandmother, a very influential person in Steven’s life, supported him as a child with his “alternative” interests, she was shocked when Steven came out to her while he was in college. His father, who he describes as homophobic, was surprisingly calm when Steven came out to him. Steven is proud to live out and proud and makes no apologies for who he is. He loves deeply and spends time with friends who support every part of him. Steven is articulate and honest in his storytelling; he shares his journey with ease and humor, a very intelligent and inspiring young man. Please watch, and stay tuned for Part 2!

Abdul

Published by beckatz on March 29th, 2010 - in Video Stories

Abdul’s Coming Out Story from I Want the World to Know on Vimeo.

Abdul is first generation American and grew up in the Bronx. His parents emigrated from Pakistan in the late 1970s. Abdul says he always knew he was gay but didn’t know what to call it until he was a teenager. He came out to his friends at 17 as he was graduating from high school, and his friends were all incredibly supportive. However, Abdul is not out to his family. Although he has been living with his boyfriend for a long time, his parents have never visited his apartment in Brooklyn, nor have they met his partner. Abdul wishes he could come out to his parents, but Islamic cultural pressure and tradition prevent him from feeling comfortable to do so. Being gay is a huge part of Abdul’s life, and he has found a place in the world where he feels himself.

Blake Part 2

Published by beckatz on March 22nd, 2010 - in Video Stories

Blake’s Story Part 2 from I Want the World to Know on Vimeo.

Blake talks about the importance of visibility and the responsibility of public figures to come out of the closet. Watch the first part of Blake’s coming out story at http://iwanttheworldtoknow.org/2010/03/19/blake/ and visit his website at www.blakehayes.com!

Blake

Published by beckatz on March 19th, 2010 - in Video Stories

Blake’s Coming Out Story from I Want the World to Know on Vimeo.

Blake Hayes is a New York-based TV host/reporter, radio personality, and magician. Currently, he is heard across the Tri-State area on 95.5 WPLJ-FM, a legendary New York radio station playing Adult Top 40 music and works as a correspondent for OurScene TV. A Connecticut native, Blake came out to his friends and family while he was in college at Emerson College in Boston and dating his first boyfriend. He says he is lucky that he has such an incredibly supportive family and wonderful friends. Blake believes that when people come out, they open themselves up to more meaningful and intimate relationships with friends, family members, and potential partners. His courage and willingness to fight for equality (he is also a very active member of the LGBTQ movement) is both inspiring and motivational. Please watch Blake’s story and visit his website, http://blakehayes.com, to learn more about all of his fantastic projects.

Edgar

Published by beckatz on March 3rd, 2010 - in Video Stories

Edgar’s Coming Out Story from I Want the World to Know on Vimeo.

Edgar grew up in El Paso, Texas, where he had no gay role models or gay friends. He hinted that he was gay to a few of his close friends during his senior year in high school, who were all supportive, but he waited a while before telling anyone else. Ultimately, it was his experience at NYU that pushed him out of the closet. He came out to his parents, both of whom are Mexican and Catholic, while home for his winter vacation. Although it took some time for his mother to get comfortable with her son’s sexuality, she is now fully supportive of Edgar and his partner. Edgar believes that being honest and patient with yourself are the keys to coming out in a healthy way. He is intelligent, articulate, and fabulous! Watch his story now!

Andrea and Harvey

Published by beckatz on February 8th, 2010 - in Parents Stories, Video Stories

Andrea and Harvey’s Story from I Want the World to Know on Vimeo.

Andrea and Harvey talk about having a gay daughter and what their reactions were when she first came out. Both Andrea and Harvey are extremely supportive of their daughter, Becca, and never had any doubts about her capabilities. Their take on having a gay child is, unfortunately, not very common, but they hope to inspire other parents to have an open mind and create a dialogue with their sons and daughters. The bottom line for them is that love and health always prevails when it comes to children. If your child is healthy and happy, their sexuality should not be an issue. Andrea and Harvey are remarkable in their strength, candor, and compassion. Parents everywhere should follow their lead and provide their children with the love, support, and understanding that they deserve.

Becca

Published by beckatz on January 31st, 2010 - in Video Stories

Becca’s Coming Out Story from I Want the World to Know on Vimeo.

Becca grew up in Canton, MA, and now lives in New York City working at a non-profit film production company as an Executive Assistant/Associate Producer. She is the founder of the I Want the World to Know Initiative and is proud to finally share her coming out story with the world at the 10 month anniversary of the website. Becca was lucky in that she faced very few obstacles coming out to her family and friends. However, she recognized that most people are not as fortunate, often being tormented by peers, shunned by their families, or worse. For that reason, she decided to create a space–this website–where people of all sexualities can share their stories and find support. This video project is by far one of the most important and rewarding endeavors Becca has ever taken on. Its goal is not only to provide guidance and support, but also to educate and bring the LGBTQ community together. Becca will continue to share these stories and build this initiative until everyone feels safe to come out.

Lynn and Cathy

Published by beckatz on January 11th, 2010 - in Parents Stories, Video Stories

Lynn and Cathy from I Want the World to Know on Vimeo.

In August 2009, actress/vlogger/therapist Cathy DeBuono invited her mother, Lynn, to talk about her experience dealing with Cathy’s sexuality on her live vlog “What’s Your Problem?” When Cathy first came out to her mother, she did not receive the reaction she thought she would get. Lynn was surprised, confused, and angry. She moved through many different stages of grief including feelings of confusion, guilt, and mourning the loss of the child she thought she knew. Though it took her a few years to fully accept and understand Cathy’s life, she is now one of her daughter’s biggest fans! Lynn urges young people to be patient with their families but to never tolerate living in the closet. She believes that everyone should come out and live full, honest lives. Lynn is the perfect example of a parent struggling with their own “coming out” experience: coming out to support and accept their LGBTQ son or daughter. Lynn, you are a true inspiration for everyone! You can watch Cathy’s coming out story here.

Cat

Published by beckatz on January 6th, 2010 - in Spotlight Stories, Video Stories

Cat’s Coming Out Story from I Want the World to Know on Vimeo.

Cat Davis is a hilarious out stand-up comedian and beautiful, uber-smart gay lady. Her positive energy is contagious, and her humor is both inviting and quick. Cat grew up in Indiana where she encountered a lot of pressure to date boys. In high school, she began to realize that she might be gay but didn’t come out until she was 20 and in college. Cat had a very positive experience coming out at an East-Coast Ivy League university where she was a member of a sorority. She describes the women in her sorority as 100% supportive despite their many diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Cat also talks about the incredibly moving experience of coming out to her grandmother. Cat’s story is both serious and funny, strong and emotional. Please watch her fabulous story and check out her hysterical comedy at:
Cat’s MySpace page
Cat on the Prowl on AfterEllen
Cat on DanceMagic (Brunch with Bridget)
Cat’s Twitter

Jess

Published by beckatz on January 3rd, 2010 - in Video Stories

Jess’s Coming Out Story from I Want the World to Know on Vimeo.

Jess is a fabulous gay lady from New York. She grew up on Long Island and now works in the city as a web designer. She also writes for a fantastic website, Autostraddle, “an intelligent, hilarious & provocative voice and a progressive international online community for a new generation of kickass lesbian, bisexual & otherwise inclined ladies.” Jess first realized she was gay at the end of high school, and she came out to her friends and family in college. Jess loves being part of a smaller and more intimate community and believes her gayness has provided her with a more profound connection with those around her. Please watch Jess’s wonderful story! Feel free to follow Jess @jessxnyc on Twitter!

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