Gay Man Quits Cult After Trying Reparative Therapy: “There’s More Out There. There’s A Whole World.”

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I’m Matthew Olshefski and I am from Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was the oldest of 3 siblings. I have a younger brother and sister and we grew up in a very happy, normal, childhood, family life. All three of us were violinists and we were homeschooled right from the …

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Encountering Homophobia At A Networking Event: “I Wasn’t Going To Let People Devalue Me.”

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I am Marc Coleman. I’m from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. About 14 years ago, I started my business in what has become its current incarnation. And as in the course of running a business, there’s a lot of networking and relation-building you have to do. I remember being invited about 10 years …

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“I Was Actually Being Honest With Myself For The First Time.” Gay Man Comes Out To Wife And Kids.

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My name is Markus Boos and I am from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. I had been married to a woman for 10 years and we had twin boys and a dog. When we first came to Seattle, during that time, I was searching for a community. I went to the gym. …

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“In 2018, There Is A Gay, Queer, Pakistani Kid Who Loves Wearing Makeup And Is Genuinely Happy And Fearless.”

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  My name is Zulfiqar Mannan and I’m from Lahore, Pakistan. Ever since I was a child, I used to trail around my mother a lot because every thought I’d have, I would want her to be the first person I can discuss it with. Every time I’d see her …

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Teen Daughter Reacts After Dad Comes Out As Drag Queen: “All This Time You Could’ve Been Doing My Makeup?”

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I am BeBe Sweetbriar and I am from San Francisco. I was born Kevin Junious and I was born in Sacramento, California and grew up there. Went to college outside of Sacramento and Stockton. After college, I came back to Sacramento and started singing with a band. One of my …

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Gay Man Meets His Idol, Quentin Crisp: “There’s A Mantle Of Activism That Must Be Passed From Generation To Generation.”

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I’m Stephen Mosher. I’m from Dallas, Texas. When I was in college, I met the man that would eventually become my husband and during the first weeks when we’re together, sharing each other’s stories, we discovered that we had had identical experiences with the movie The Naked Civil Servant, which …

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How Ritchie Torres, Openly Gay Council Member From The Bronx, Came To Live a Life of “Radical Authenticity.”

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I’m Ritchie Torres. I’m from Bronx, New York. I remember the first time when I went to the Village and saw two men hold hands together, I was shocked because you would never in the Bronx – at least in my experience of the Bronx – would never see two …

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Texas Drag Queen’s Parents Evolve From “You’re Going To Hell” To “Being Presidents Of My Fan Club.”

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My name is Timothy Byars. I’m from Wichita Falls, Texas. Every time the church doors were open, we were there. My granny was – played the piano every Sunday and Wednesday. My dad was the praise and worship minister. My mom worked in the nursery and she was the youth …

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