After Disappointing Coming Out Experience, Queer Person Seeks Family Of Choice. | Transcript

After Disappointing Coming Out Experience, Queer Person Seeks Family Of Choice.

Hi. My name is Jessica and I’m from Boston, Massachusetts. I grew up in a large Vietnamese-American family – of immigrants, actually. And growing up, we were the only one that was like us. Everyone else was affiliated with a party, political or church, and our family just wasn’t. And …

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