Posts Tagged ‘Parents Stories’


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:


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.


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.

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 October 25th, 2009 - in Spotlight Stories, Video Stories

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

Jason Stuart has been making people laugh out loud with his hysterical performances all over the country since coming out in 1993. He has accomplished what few other gay comics have ever achieved: brutal honesty with humor in a world that’s not always kind. Not only is Jason an all-out crowd pleaser, but he transcends the boundaries of race, gender and sexual orientation with his edgy comedic style. Jason’s material about his experiences as a single Jewish gay man living in Hollywood is original, cutting edge and just plain funny. Jason has appeared in hundreds of film/TV projects including The Closer, Will & Grace, George Lopez, Everybody Hates Chris, House, M.D., It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Kindergarten Cop, Vegas Vacation, and HBO hit, Gia.

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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.

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!

Fernando, 18

Published by beckatz on July 29th, 2009 - in Video Stories

This is Fernando Menjiva’s story about coming out to his parents. He posted this video on youtube on his 18th birthday on June 15, 2009. Though his family supports him, coming out to them was not easy. As the oldest son, he was expected to “protect” his sister. Also, because Fernando’s parents are divorced, he had to tell them separately. As a child, his father called him “Champion,” but his sister couldn’t pronounce the word and called him “Chappis” instead, which has been his nickname ever since. He has been video-blogging for four years and feels he has improved quite a bit over time. Please watch Fernando’s story. It is truly beautiful. His strength and courage are evident in his remarkable ability to be open about his sexuality at such a young age.

Alex, 25

Published by beckatz on June 15th, 2009 - in Video Stories

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

Alex grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA, and first came out to his brother when he was 15. His family is supportive, but Alex’s parents initially did not want him to come out in high school for fear he would be known as the “gay kid.” Alex finally came out to his peers in college at Tufts University. Alex became involved in many LGBTQ organizations in college and discovered he felt most comfortable defining himself as queer. Today he lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is very active in social advocacy groups including JFREJ (

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