By Gabe Montesanti
There was something familiar about him: his charisma and smile. I learned that he also did drag, and he handed me his phone to scroll through pictures from the night he was crowned King of Pride.
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By Gabe Montesanti
By Lori Horvitz
A handful of students claimed homosexuality was not natural; others said they’d think about killing themselves if they had the virus. At the time, I struggled to come out.
By Anne Ierardi
A year later, psychologist and grandmother Buffy Dunker spoke at Gay Pride from the same stage, exhorting us to leave the moth balls behind and come out. She wowed those of us in the closet that day. If she could come out at age seventy, I could do it too!
By Matthew Bamberg
San Francisco’s epidemic tidal wave began just a few short years after Dianne Feinstein heard gunshots in San Francisco’s City Hall, and then found Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk with a spatter of gunshot wounds that killed them both. It was time for my coming out.
By Chay Lemoine
He asked, “what’s Stonewall?” and I realized that was a teaching moment.
By Cory Allen
Working in such a hyper-masculine career field, for an agency where the Sheriff could fire you for any reason, added to the anxiety and fear of revealing who I was.
By Garrett Glaser
I never brought up the subject of an on-air disclosure to NBC, so station executives had nothing to prohibit. I always figured it was inappropriate for any reporter to make themself a part of the story they were covering; that’s how I was educated.
By Olivia Klugman
I love being non-binary and I love my community, but there are times when the explicit exclusion of non-binary and trans people from “women’s spaces” feels painful and outdated.
By Melissa Giberson
But my journey to figuring out who I was, looking back from the other side of the threshold I unintentionally breached, officially began with that imposing question. I might as well have asked, “Who am I?” as if in some amnesic state, because suddenly I had no idea.
By Lee Wind
If the people in power can prevent people from feeling empathy for each other, they can keep everyone divided and consolidate their hold on power. By making stories of Queer lives and loves illegal, unspeakable to children, they aim to push Queer people back into the closet.
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