Posts Tagged ‘friends’


Published by admin on August 16th, 2010 - in Video Stories

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

Hillary, one of my oldest friends, grew up in a suburb south of Boston. Though we shared our childhood years together, it wasn’t until recently that we both discovered that we were both gay! Therefore, I knew I had to interview her for this project! Hillary had an epiphany at summer camp at age 15 when she discovered that a fellow female camper had feelings for her. She went through the next few years dating both men and women, and she now defines herself as gay. A talented musician, Hillary started writing music as a teenager and was a member of an a capella group in college. She now lives in Brooklyn with her longtime girlfriend and works for Check out Hillary’s story!


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!


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,, to learn more about all of his fantastic projects.


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.


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!


Published by beckatz on December 17th, 2009 - in Video Stories

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

Emma, 21, is a university student in the UK. She came out for the first time as a four-year-old when the male student teacher caught her smooching her friend. The second time Emma came out was 1 year ago, and this video marks the 1 year anniversary of her coming out to her mother. Emma’s strength and honesty are remarkable, and her ability to embrace her true self is totally inspiring. She says she has never been as happy as she is today because she is out and living her life to the fullest. Please watch Emma share her coming out story! Truly, she is unbelievable!

Julian, 21

Published by beckatz on August 6th, 2009 - in Video Stories

Julian posted his coming out story on youtube about 6 months ago. He grew up in Sacramento, California, and then moved to southern Oregon in his teens. He came out to his friends and family when he was 16. Julian told his female cousin first, who reacted positively and then his twin brother who did not take it as well at first. Now, his twin understands the importance of Julian being true to himself. After coming out to everyone in his life, Julian realizes that not everyone will accept him, but he will never let that compromise his being honest and proud of who he is. Julian is currently a Communications major in college and plans on becoming a novelist.

Jack, 18

Published by beckatz on July 30th, 2009 - in Video Stories

Jack is another amazing young man who posted his coming out story on youtube. He began making video-blogs in December of 2008, and this was the first video that he shared. Jack is from Australia and first came out to new friends during a trip to Japan when he was 16. After receiving a positive reaction and finding confidence in himself, he decided to tell his friends at school and then his parents. Jack’s friends and his mom are very supportive, as is his dad though he’s never come out to him aloud. Jack’s story is one of bravery, strength, and beautiful candidness. He is truly inspirational!

Liza and Deb, Part 1

Published by beckatz on June 4th, 2009 - in Couple Stories, Video Stories

Liza and Deb’s Coming Out Stories from I Want the World to Know on Vimeo.

Deb and Liza live together in Cambridge, MA, and are the proud parents of George and Bryn–a German Shepherd and Puerto Rican street dog. They met in 2007 and are planning their wedding for January 2010. Deb, of Chinese and Italian descent, struggled for years with her sexuality and finally came out after college with the help of her co-worker. Her twin brother, Rob, is also gay and their family supports them, though her mother once thought that “Chinese people couldn’t be gay.” Liza also had a difficult time coming to terms with her sexuality. She grew up in New Hampshire where she says there were no out gay people, which made it difficult to be aware that alternate sexualities existed. After graduate school and a lot of soul searching, Liza’s friend advised her to date women, and Deb was the first woman Liza brought home. Needless to say, they have found much support from their families and friends who will all be attending their winter wedding!

Stay tuned to hear Deb and Liza’s proposal story!

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