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!
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Steven grew up in Virginia in a very Christian household. As a child he wasn’t interested in playing football; instead, he loved playing school. Though his grandmother, a very influential person in Steven’s life, supported him as a child with his “alternative” interests, she was shocked when Steven came out to her while he was in college. His father, who he describes as homophobic, was surprisingly calm when Steven came out to him. Steven is proud to live out and proud and makes no apologies for who he is. He loves deeply and spends time with friends who support every part of him. Steven is articulate and honest in his storytelling; he shares his journey with ease and humor, a very intelligent and inspiring young man. Please watch, and stay tuned for Part 2!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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)
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!
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.