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Technically, when I was fifteen and in denial about the crush I had on my best friend, the subject of whether or not I liked her as more than a friend was brought up to me; but it wasn't a statement, someone trying to get me to see how in love with her I was. Actually, it was posed to me in the form of a question, twice. (once by a friend of mine, and the other by my mom). And I vehemently denied it both times.

"Don't Kid Yourself....... You're in Love with Her!" | Our Queer Stories | Queer & LGBT Stories

Technically, when I was fifteen and in denial about the crush I had on my best friend, the subject of whether or not I liked her as more than a friend was brought up to me; but it wasn't a statement, someone trying to get me to see how in love with her I was. Actually, it was posed to me in the form of a question, twice. (once by a friend of mine, and the other by my mom). And I vehemently denied it both times.

I’m sure if you talk to most LGBTQ people, they will say that coming out is an ongoing process. We come out to our friends, our family and our co-workers. Not necessary in that order, sometimes over the course of several years or maybe all at once. Having come out in my late teens and early 20’s, I didn’t realize I would have to face that fear of rejection again in my early 50’s and it would be to a bunch of 5th graders.

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I’m sure if you talk to most LGBTQ people, they will say that coming out is an ongoing process. We come out to our friends, our family and our co-workers. Not necessary in that order, sometimes over the course of several years or maybe all at once. Having come out in my late teens and early 20’s, I didn’t realize I would have to face that fear of rejection again in my early 50’s and it would be to a bunch of 5th graders.

In This new century we hear about people coming out and how greatful they are to be themself but not everything goes as planed listen to my story and learn.

The adventure love and loss of coming out | Our Queer Stories | Queer & LGBT Stories

In This new century we hear about people coming out and how greatful they are to be themself but not everything goes as planed listen to my story and learn.

Liverpool England 1996. Coming out for me was a joyous experience. I’m not talking about coming out to family, that was a shared open wound that would be continually picked at, in fact a few months after coming out I was forced to leave them behind and begin a new life without them.

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Liverpool England 1996. Coming out for me was a joyous experience. I’m not talking about coming out to family, that was a shared open wound that would be continually picked at, in fact a few months after coming out I was forced to leave them behind and begin a new life without them.

One of the significant characterizations of the period that I spent in high school in the mid-60s – from ‘63 to ‘67 was that one day in one of our classes, the word “homosexual” came up. Most of us didn’t know what it meant but we were kind of curious about it. I suppose the...Read More »

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I’m Michael Cox, I’m from Harlan, Kentucky. So one time, I was on a flight sitting next to a person who was clearly a businessman, dressed in a suit, salt and pepper hair, much like me. Pretty much the same size. And we were on about a six-hour flight across country, so I was going...Read More »

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Everyone remembers the first time they had sex. It sticks in your memory and can help shape future desires and preferences. I was scanning photos into my computer when I found this one — the only one — of Steve, the first guy I had sex with. I don’t remember Steve’s last name; he only...Read More »

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I wrote off marriage at the ripe old age of 13. Years later, I met someone, fell in love, and got married after all. But it wasn’t love that made us decide to marry. In fact, I don’t think marriage as an institution has anything to do with love. Marriage, like many institutions, is historically...Read More »

So my name is Jae Ratio and I’m born in Boulder City, Nevada. As a six, seven-year old, I don’t really know the specific age, I was living the trailer park and it was just me and my dad. I was playing with the neighborhood boys who were coming up on our rollerblades down the...Read More »

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My name is Edna Redo and I’m from Chicago. I went to Curie High School here in Chicago. Graduated in ‘86, 1986, rather. One year, my junior year of high school – my mother was an English teacher, so it was not for us to not pass English, not pass Literature, any of that. You...Read More »

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For many of us, coming out to our family and friends was one of the most difficult experiences of our lives. After coming out, we thought the hard part was over. We thought we could breathe a little more easily. Yes, some people rejected us, and their words cut deep, but after coming out, we...Read More »

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Abby Fink has always been close to her 90-year-old grandpa. As she began to get older, he started to become a bit more inquisitive about her personal life, making it slightly uncomfortable, since she wasn’t out to him. Abby recalls: I’m pretty close with him. I call him every couple of weeks. Usually we have...Read More »

Hi, my name is Matt Beierschmitt, I’m from Collinswood, New Jersey. When I was 15 years old, I was on my family computer talking on AOL chatrooms and just to meet people and the other guys and, you know, unbeknownst to the rest of my family. I’m in the male-for-male chat room and I’m talking...Read More »

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I was 19 years in 1968, and I discovered I was gay. And I was terrified. It was – I didn’t know anything about it, I didn’t know… there was no information. I mean I knew it was illegal. The DSM said it was – the psychiatrists, psychologists, everybody thought it was, you know, your...Read More »

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My wife and I just returned after a year of travel. It was an absolutely amazing experience but leaving our Bay Area bubble was no easy thing. How “out” could we be in traditional parts of the world like Asia? Plus, we’re very different people. As an introvert, I tend to avoid confrontation and defer...Read More »

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My wife and I just returned after a year of travel. It was an absolutely amazing experience but leaving our Bay Area bubble was no easy thing. How “out” could we be in traditional parts of the world like Asia? Plus, we’re very different people. As an introvert, I tend to avoid confrontation and defer...Read More »

My wife and I just returned after a year of travel. It was an absolutely amazing experience but leaving our Bay Area bubble was no easy thing. How “out” could we be in traditional parts of the world like Asia? Plus, we’re very different people. As an introvert, I tend to avoid confrontation and defer...Read More »

Our Queer Stories | LGBTQ Coming Out Stories and More

My wife and I just returned after a year of travel. It was an absolutely amazing experience but leaving our Bay Area bubble was no easy thing. How “out” could we be in traditional parts of the world like Asia? Plus, we’re very different people. As an introvert, I tend to avoid confrontation and defer...Read More »

I was 19 years in 1968, and I discovered I was gay. And I was terrified. It was – I didn’t know anything about it, I didn’t know… there was no information. I mean I knew it was illegal. The DSM said it was – the psychiatrists, psychologists, everybody thought it was, you know, your...Read More »

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Video Description: People who are HIV positive give us the run-down on some of the over-the-top and indelicate reactions they encounter on a daily basis. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Tumblr StumbleUpon

My name’s Melissa Driscol and I’m from Lorain, Ohio. So growing up, I had a lot of activities that I had to be a part of. And with that, my family in particular had a few friends that we did a lot with. So there’s this one friend, his name was, let’s say, SC. And...Read More »

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My name’s Melissa Driscol and I’m from Lorain, Ohio. So growing up, I had a lot of activities that I had to be a part of. And with that, my family in particular had a few friends that we did a lot with. So there’s this one friend, his name was, let’s say, SC. And...Read More »