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Rural Indiana, 18 years ago.

Growing up I suspected I was different when I was very young. I can remember vividly my dad mad over something trivial and screaming in my face til it was covered with his saliva and threatened me with death and to be buried in the back yard at age 7 after he had busted my […]

Black Boy Free: My Coming Out Story

Pierrot Obi, 25, singer-songwriter, London. I was born in Northern Italy, in Central Reggio Emilia; we moved to the very outskirts of Reggio when I was 8, to an in-the-middle-of-nowhere type of town called Campagnola Emilia; to this day, Campagnola is the place I call “hometown”. I’m the first of three, born in a very […]

10
Sep 2018

Out at Age 78

In and after high school I dated girls, and at about age 20 I entered a strict religious community and took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. During those years I had doubts about my sexuality, but honored the vows. After leaving the community, a man whom I knew asked me if I was gay, […]

Shards of a young adult

As a young boy growing up in a very conservative, very baptist family, I was very aware of the stance my dad and brother had towards homosexuality, I knew from birth that God hated homosexuality, that it was an abomination, that it was punishable by death, these feelings were only supported by the gag-reflexes of […]

26
Sep 2017

Counting Christmases

I came of age and came out of the closet during the “Decade of Decadence”. Yes, the 1980s: cocaine, credit cards, bathhouses, designer jeans, Reagan, the gay cancer, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Act Up, fear, persecution, death and more death followed by more death, some more fear and countless funerals that added up so […]

21
Sep 2017

Life is So Much Brighter Outside of the Closet

So…no matter how much you’ve tried to deny it, you’ve come to the realization that you ARE gay. You’ve really known it for as long as you could remember, but hoped that it would magically go away or fix itself. This is how I felt when I was still in the closet. The thing is, […]

05
Jun 2017

My little story

For those that may not get what Gay Pride is all about, here’s my little story. From the age of about six or seven until around 15, I was relentlessly bullied, ridiculed and assaulted because I acted “gay.” A true sissy that hated violence and loved to dance. It seems no matter where I lived […]

Shawn Coming Out
13
Apr 2017

Shawn’s Coming Out Story

I was 24 years old, and still in the Navy during the time of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” For many years, I was terrified of coming out, partly because of fear that I could get discharged from the Navy, but mostly of being ostracized and shamed by the people closest to me. When 9/11 happened, […]

Brian Coming Out
12
Apr 2017

Brian’s Official Coming Out Story

I was an early bloomer sexually fooling around with the neighbor boy when we were both 9-10 years old, but kept telling myself I was bisexual until I was 20 or so. I was always afraid of how my parents would react, thinking my Dad would be ok with it, and my Mother and her […]

Terry Coming Out
17
Mar 2017

Terry’s Coming Out Story

I was born in the early 60’s in rural Michigan. My first realization of being gay was one day on the Kindergarten school bus when a classmate whipped out his weewee (that’s what you call it when you are 6 years old). I liked what I saw! Taking showers in school was a torture trying […]