“We Need To Change That Idea That Rural Areas Are Unsafe Because It’s Not True.” | Transcript

“We Need To Change That Idea That Rural Areas Are Unsafe Because It’s Not True.”

My name is Rachel and I’m from Jacox, West Virginia. I grew up on a 100-acre sheep farm about an hour outside of a town of about 3,000 people. I believe it’s the most beautiful spot on the planet. I left for college, I went to college in Western Massachusetts, … Continue reading


I’m From Chicago, IL.

If someone approaches you and says, perhaps with a gob full of French fries, that surprises are the worst thing that can ever happen to you, they'd be sorely wrong. Surprises can do much more than cause a new reality ...

Young Man Reevaluates Priorities Following HIV Scare

My name is Arron Seams, I’m from Lewisburg, West Virginia. When I was looking at schools, colleges, I knew I wanted to go some place bigger to have experiences that I couldn’t have as a gay person living ...

IFD Live: “X-Men” Gives Gay Teen Courage To Confront Teacher

When I was 13 years old, my hair was a mess. It looked like on the left side, a big hair explosion, I’m sorry, on the right side a big hair explosion, and then like this hair wave that kind ...


Transitioning From Rugby Jock to Glamazon Drag Performer.

In college, Rudy Flesher joined the rugby team, not only developing a love of the sport, but also gaining the name he now goes by. Rudy explains: It's a name I got playing rugby, based on the movie "Rudy", where ...

I’m From Salisbury, MD – Video Story.

If you're interested in being in a Video Story, just let me know and we'll set up a time and place to meet. Watch all the IFD Video Stories here. For the transcript, Continue Reading. Continue reading

College Football Captain Comes Out To Team.

My name is Brian Sims. And the story that most people like to hear me talk about is, I was a college football player, and how I sort of came out to my college football team. I'm very fond of ...


“[If You're Bisexual] Why Don’t You Choose To Be With A Woman And Be Like You’re Normal?”

I’m Mike Szymanski and I’m from Hollywood, California. I always knew that I was interested in boys and girls, it always was the case. And I didn’t really know what bisexuality meant or used the word because ...

Queer Latina Connects With Prince and Lives a Life of Sex Positive Activism.

My name is Elicia Gonzales and I am originally from Colorado. When people ask me where, I usually say Denver, ‘cause that’s what people know. But I technically grew up in Broomfield. It actually wasn’t until moving from ...

“It Felt Amazing” After Sikh Man Took Off Turban, Cut Hair, Came Out of Closet

My name is Mandeep Jangi and I’m from Middlesex, New Jersey. When I think about my journey in life, my story, and kind of where I came from, it actually doesn’t start as a gay man. I often ...


Coming Out as an Undocumented Immigrant and Coming Out as a Queer Man.

My name is Carlos, Padilla, and I’m from Seattle, Washington. I was originally born in Guadalajara, Jadisco, Mexico, and I immigrated into the United States at the age of 2. For me, living a life of being an undocuqueer, someone ...

I’m From Sedro-Woolley, WA – Video Story.

Today’s Video Story was collected on the 50-state Story Tour. Check out the blog where you can follow us on our adventure. If you haven’t submitted a story yet to IFD, or if you want to submit another ...

I’m From Spokane, WA – Video Story.

I'm Ronny Oliver. I'm Mathias Oliver. I'm Reagan Oliver and we are the Oliver family from Spokane, Washington. (Mathias) Yes! (Reagan) We've been working really hard on helping Mathias our son who's fifteen and he came out when he was ...

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