Posts Tagged ‘mom’


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

John W. McLaughlin is an out actor based in LA. He starred in “The Golden Gays” in the role of Damian/Dorothy and currently plays the role of Guy in the hit web series, We Have To Stop Now. In addition to being a gifted actor, John is also co-producing (and starring in) “Meth Head,” a feature film. John is an ardent fighter for equal rights and cares deeply about the LGBTQ community. His incredible story is poignant and candid. John takes us to NYC from the north woods of Maine where he grew up. From there he embarks on a journey of self-discovery involving the Juicy Fruit guy, drama school, a move to LA, an addiction to meth, and a remarkable recovery. Please watch John tell his moving story. (It would make a great play! It’s a good thing he’s in the process of writing a one-man-show!) Please visit John’s website,


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 admin on June 11th, 2010 - in Video Stories

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

Ray grew up in Astoria, Queens in New York City where he was surrounded by a supportive family, a great group of friends, and a solid sense of community. At age 5, Ray knew he felt different and describes being attracted to the “male ideal.” After experimenting with a friend when he was at the cusp of puberty, he realized that it felt right to be intimate with the same sex. As a teenager, Ray was often taunted for his fashion sense, being the first in his school to wear Calvin Klein jeans. However, the next semester the rest of his classmates followed suit and donned their own pair! Ray came out to his mother at 15 when he fell in love with his first boyfriend and has been supported by her ever since. Now, a talented interior designer, Ray says he is aware of the stigma of being a gay male interior designer, but says it’s his personality and values that define him as a human. Please watch Ray’s fantastic story!

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.

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.


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 20th, 2009 - in Spotlight Stories, Video Stories

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

Cathy DeBuono, a New York native, is a woman of many talents: she was a volleyball superstar at the University of Kentucky, is a licensed therapist, an incredible actress, AND she created the CDB Network online where women from all over the world can connect and find support. To say Cathy is remarkable is an understatement. She is a great role model for lesbians, young and old, everywhere and takes that job very seriously. Although she is at the forefront of the gay community and is gracing the cover of BOUND, a lesbian magazine from Australia next month, it took years for her to live an openly gay life within her family. Cathy’s mother was very resistant to her daughter’s circle of friends and partners for a long time, which made it impossible to bring her “gayness” home. Today, Cathy’s mother is one of her greatest supporters and even frequents Cathy’s live vlogs on Shewired. Cathy’s beauty is both internal and external, and her honesty is truly inspirational. Please check out her fantastic projects:
We Have to Stop Now
The CDB Network
The Gloves Are Off
What’s Your Problem?
Cathy DeBuono Official Website


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!

Ellen, 35

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

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

Ellen, a Connecticut native, came out to her mom when she was 17 after she learned that her girlfriend was being kicked out of her home by her suspicious mother. Though Ellen’s mom “could be a PFLAG mom” today, it took years for her to realize that Ellen’s attraction to women was more than just a phase. Ellen’s father is also extremely supportive and relays gay-related stories to his daughter when he catches them on TV or in the newspaper. Ellen currently lives in Brooklyn with her 2 cats and plans on getting married in the future.

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