After Online Harassment, Gay Student Finds Community He Didn’t Know Existed.

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I’m Eric Schroekenthaler and I’m from Plover, Wisconsin. The summer before my senior year of high school, I had come out and early in my senior year of high school, an acquaintance of mine who I ate lunch with every day the previous year had posted a really vulgar comment …

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Teacher Strengthens Bond With Students By Coming Out. “I Can’t Imagine Doing That Work Any Other Way.”

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My name is Ryan Hunter Greenlee and I’m from Chicago, Illinois. So when I was in high school, I decided it was time to come out. And through a little trepidation, I went through the motions with my friends and my family. It was really stressful but all things considered, …

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Gay Man Leaves Town That Has Active KKK And “Just Straight White People” To Find Community In Nearby City.

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My name is Levi Wade. I am from Harrison, Arkansas. So the town I’m from, Harrison, Arkansas, there’s an active KKK outside of the town. And I remember specifically when I was younger one time, my father, who’s kind of darker complected, he’s half-Filipino, we were in the parking lot …

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Gay Man Elected Homecoming Queen, Raises Awareness for Gender Nonconforming Issues

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Hello. My name is Che-Che Turrubiartez. I’m from Chicago, Illinois. Back in 2009, I used to be part of this youth group at the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. And, you know, every single year at the Day of Silence, we had an “ask” and our “ask” was was to CPS, …

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Being Nonbinary and Gender Fluid: “You Don’t Have To Own Up To One Label Or Be One Thing.”

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TRANSCRIPT: My name is Ada Guzman, and I’m from New York City. When I was in 7th grade, I had this Latin teacher. She had been my Latin teacher a year before, and she was also my advisor this year. I was going to her office for help with Latin, …

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Grandma Forces Gay Teen To Come Out To Family One At A Time. “She Was Actually Enjoying My Pain.”

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My name is Jawann McBeth, I’m from Ewing, New Jersey. When I was 5 years old, my mom got to this point in the Bible. I remember I was Leviticus 18:22 where it said, “Thou shall not lie with another man; it’s a sin.” And I remember stopping my mom …

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Trans Youth Overcomes Locker Room Bullying, Finds Purpose In Helping Others.

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My name is Patrick Mess, I’m from Canisteo, New York. I’m 22 years old and one day in high school, I was in the locker room getting changed for class and I was really self-conscious so I always got changed in the bathroom of the locker room. And I remember …

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