Posts Tagged ‘identity’

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!

Marti

Published by beckatz on April 26th, 2010 - in Video Stories

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

Martin Gould Cummings is a New York based actor, director, and LGBT rights activist. Marti has been featured all over the United States in theatre, concerts, and television. Along with his partner, Anthony, they head MGC Productions: Broadway Speaks OUT, in which he hosts a concert series and online talk show to benefit organizations such as Broadway Impact & The Ali Forney Center. This has given Marti the opportunity to raise awareness abut the LGBT community through performing with and interviewing celebrities, politicians, & advocates. Marti is also the host of a new monthly concert series at Vlada Lounge in NYC. Marti is deeply committed to the LGBT movement and the fight for equality, and his passion is evident in all of the work that he does. Please check out all of his projects by visiting the links below:
http://broadwayspeaksout.com/default.aspx
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Martin-Gould-Cummings/123843015888?v=info&ref=ts
http://twitter.com/BwaySpeaksOUT

Steven Part 2

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

Steven’s Coming Out Story Part 2 from I Want the World to Know on Vimeo.

In Part 2, Steven talks about the importance of being out, how he identifies his sexuality, and what advice he has for people who are thinking about coming out. Once again, Steven infuses humor into his wonderfully articulate story. Watch and enjoy!

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!

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

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

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