Posts Tagged ‘queer’

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

Hillary

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 pingg.com. Check out Hillary’s story!

Blake

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, http://blakehayes.com, to learn more about all of his fantastic projects.

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!

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.

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

Emma

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!

Jason

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.

Support Jason by visiting his website where you can find all of his up to date news and appearances:
http://jasonstuart.com/index.htm

Jen

Published by beckatz on September 27th, 2009 - in Video Stories

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

Jen, a Nebraska native, came out in her late twenties. She grew up in a very Christian family and community without exposure to any gay culture or support networks. When she was 19, she realized that she may have feelings for women, but she didn’t act on them until she was an adult. Jen says that she wishes she had come out earlier, but that now she couldn’t be happier. She has built a beautiful, loving family with her partner, Rho, and has overwhelming support from her family. Her advice to young people is to live their truth, however they may find it.

Rho

Published by beckatz on September 27th, 2009 - in Video Stories

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

Rho grew up in Toronto and now lives in Los Angeles with her partner, Jen, and their beautiful daughter, Sophie. Rho first fell in love with a woman when she was 18 while studying French in Montreal but didn’t come to terms with her sexuality until her 20s. She came out to her mother when she was 21 after being in a relationship with a woman for 3 years and then to her brother and father years later, both of whom were very supportive. Although it took many years for Rho to find comfort in her own sexuality, she now lives her life openly. Please watch Rho’s story. She is truly an amazing and brave woman.

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