Posts Tagged ‘high school’

Danna

Published by admin on August 23rd, 2010 - in Video Stories

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

By day, Danna is a music producer who works on various projects around New York City. By night you can find her DJing for the biggest gay, lesbian and mixed queer parties around the NYC (and Boston) under the name, Whitney Day. Growing up in NYC, Danna had a relatively easy time coming to terms with her sexuality, though it took her parents some time to get used to the idea. They are now completely supportive. Because she grew up in a very diverse and open-minded community, Danna found it easy to come out to her friends. And now, Danna is building a lucrative career as a DJ and knows that the bar/club/event culture in the LGBTQ community is pivotal. She finds it to be a privilege to play music for her own community where people embrace their differences and be themselves. Please watch Danna’s story, and visit her websites:

Official Whitney Day Website
Whitney Day Facebook Page

Orlando

Published by admin on June 10th, 2010 - in Video Stories

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

Orlando grew up in a diverse, military community in Colorado. He came out at the ripe age of 13 when he was in 8th grade and dating his first boyfriend that he met in choir. He came out to his mother after his last choir show in middle school, and her response was to not talk about it. In high school, Orlando was completely out and found support in participating in drama, choir, and within his group of friends. To this day, Orlando has yet to introduce a boyfriend to his family because he feels that his relationships haven’t been serious enough to bring home. Please watch Orlando share his story!

Amy

Published by admin on May 20th, 2010 - in Video Stories

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

Amy grew up in a suburb outside of Boston and moved to NYC to work at one of the top fashion schools as an Administrator, and to continue living in a double life in a college dormitory to follow her passion: comedy. Amy is the co-producer of the popular Manhattan-based comedy troupe, Dykes On Mics, that Time Out NY has billed as a “best bet for comedy” numerous times. She also produces Generosi-titties, a topless comedy extravaganza that raises money for Breast Cancer. Beckerman was invited on the Howard Stern Show on March 8th, 2010 to chat and promote the 1st annual “Generosi-titties” at Comix. Amy is one of the few that genuinely loves to make people laugh. She says things other people think, but wouldn’t have the balls to say. She is cynical with a twist of sarcasm she instills with every bite of life. Please watch her share her coming out story, and check out all of her projects:
http://amybeckerman.com
http://www.dykesonmicscomedy.com
http://twitter.com/amybeckerman

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.

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!

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.

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!

Bridget

Published by beckatz on October 7th, 2009 - in Spotlight Stories, Video Stories

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

Bridget McManus is a stunningly beautiful and brilliantly funny lesbian comedian based in Los Angeles. She is fearless on stage, and her humor is both candid and refreshing. She grew up in a suburb of Connecticut and has talked openly about her struggle with weight as a child. Because she was used to being taunted at school about her weight, she refused to let anyone tell her that she was wrong when she realized she was gay. Bridget is a fabulous woman who is proud of who she is and is not afraid to talk about it. She has used her sense of humor and talent to reach people, and it’s no surprise that she has many adoring fans who look up to her. “They” say that laughter is the best medicine, and Bridget definitely understood that from an early age.

Support Bridget by going to her shows, watching her popular vlog “Brunch with Bridget” on AfterEllen.com, and visiting her websites:
http://bridgetmcmanus.com/
http://www.myspace.com/bridgetmcmanus
http://www.afterellen.com

Josh, 17

Published by beckatz on August 10th, 2009 - in Video Stories

Josh posted his coming out story on youtube in July of 2008. He’s 17 and currently lives in a small Alabama town with his mother. Josh came out to his mother in the summer of 2007 at age 16 and then and at school the following year. When he finally came out he felt so relieved to be able to be open with himself and everyone around him. For Josh, school has been a roller coaster ride due to homophobic harassment in the form of verbal abuse. Josh is a senior this year and plans to attend college and major in art studio and minor in film. His goal is to use his art and any form of expression to expose people to his life and things so integral to his being such as sexuality. Josh says, “Life is beautiful and we should celebrate its diversity.” Josh is wise beyond his years and very brave. Please listen to his wonderful story.

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