Grandma Finds Love Letter To Miss Universe, Sends Lesbian Granddaughter to Mental Hospital.

Wanda Martinez-Johncox

Special thanks to the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley for being our partner for this story. My name is Wanda Martinez-Johncox, born and raised in Puerto Rico. When I was little, in 1993, 13 years old, I was watching Miss Universe and we had this TV that was black …

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“This Story Shows How My Mother Lived Rather Than Just How She Died.”

Terry McGovern

My name is Terry McGovern, I’m from East Meadow, New York. My mother was an interesting character. She was kind of athletic, she coached softball when I was a kid, so she was a little bit nontraditional, but nonetheless she had a hard time when she found out I was …

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“I Still Want to Have a Family. It’s Just Going to Look Different.” Coming Out In A Catholic Family.

Carlo-Velayo

I’m Carlo and I’m from Sydney, Australia. It took me 25 years to come out to my best friend, to my family, and a large part of that delay is because of my Catholic faith, my Catholic upbringing. Growing up there was definitely this image of the perfect family, the …

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“I Hope I Did Something Good For a Family That Was Hurting.” Activist Remembers Those He Met on 6,000-Mile Walk

Alan-Bounville

I’m Alan Bounville, I’m from Worcester, Massachusetts. Back in 2011 I started a 6,000 mile walk across the country. I walked for gender and sexual orientation equality. I had a cart I called Equality Cart, and Equality Cart was like a modified baby stroller, like a really heavy duty baby …

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Gay, Closeted, and Heartbroken in Morocco.

Anthony-Mercurio

My name is Anthony Mercurio and I’m from San Francisco. In 2009 I studied abroad and lived in Morocco, studying Arabic. I came out of the closet when I was very young, I was 15. Out and proud and pretty loud about it. I grew up in, I was lucky …

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