Share YOUR Story

Want to share your own coming out story? Here are the guidelines for submitting your story to the I Want the World to Know Initiative:

-Video no longer than 10 minutes
-Video files must be .mov/compatible with Quicktime Player
-Send video file to via YouSendIt or MegaUpload
-MUST sign and send the IWTWTK Release Form to

Guiding Questions:

When did you first realize you were gay/bi/trans/queer?
When did you come out to your family/friends and what were their reactions?
How do you define your sexuality, if you choose to?
What advice do you have for people who are thinking about or in the process of coming out?
What do you love about being gay/bi/trans/queer?

For Parents:

When did you first realize your child might be gay/bi/trans/queer?
What was your initial reaction to your son or daughter’s coming out?
How has your son or daughter’s sexuality affected your life?
Any advice for other parents of LGBT children?

All genders, races, ethnicities, cultures, religions, ages from the LGBTQ community are welcome! This project is about inclusion, so that every person who visits this site can find someone who they can connect with.

Have any comments, suggestions, or questions? Then email I’d love to hear from you!

You can find IWTWTK on Vimeo, Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter.

9 thoughts on “Share YOUR Story

  1. A nice addition for the help and resources section is a website for younger people

    Its a forum for support and safe, healthy dialogue concerning a vast array of issues for lgbt and even straight teens. 🙂

    • There is no official deadline to submit your coming out stories. However, it would be great to receive your video before the holidays! Thanks and share! Everyone has a unique and very meaningful story to share with the world!

  2. You ever know deep in your heart where you truly belonged, but have been afraid to show it to the world? I spent most of my life being somewhere everyone wanted me to be. Never being true to myself or where I wanted to be!

    I always caught myself looking and wanting, but never allowing myself to go there. I always knew I loved women… loved the way they looked… the way they smelled… the way they felt… But because I was told I was “straight” I never looked…. I never smelled… or felt….

    This all changed in a kiss… no longer am I afriad to look at a beauiful woman… longer am I afraid to kiss the woman I love… no longer am I afraid to touch her or smell her! I was set free in that one moment, and for that moment I will always be greatful!

    We in this world need to stop judging one another and except us for who we are. NO ONE should have to hide who they LOVE! NO ONE should be afraid to love! This doesn’t define us!

    When I met Amy… I thought nothing of her… one day we started talking and it never ended, when she kissed me for the first time … I came “home” ! I never felt so complete! I got my divorce, my life was turned upside down, but somehow I knew my life was only going up from here. Although being gay does not define who I am, I am not afraid of showing who I love! Although, Amy broke my heart she will always be in my heart and soul, and I will never forget the blessing she gave me!

  3. Since 2005 (when I was 44) I’ve been actively bi-paratrexual, i.e. a TG-lover. “Paratrexual” is a word I Bogarted from Atlanta home-grl Renee Reyes at So I now take a convert’s interest in the LGBTQ community. I find digs and “that’s so gay” comments much more offensive now than ever. As a Libertarian I support “gay” rights in the manner that I support all individual rights.

    • Thanks for your comment! My goal is to include all types of stories on this site. Thank you for bringing the term, bi-paratrexual, to my attention. I had no prior knowledge about it.

  4. ok so i saw on face book that you did your story and so i rushed….no becca storyl i do watch them all… very moving…but where is yours….x0xoxoxo

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