Arrested For Being Gay At 14 Years Old. “It Was Police Entrapment.”

Harold Kooden

My name is Harold Kooden, and I was born in Chicago. We moved to California, North Hollywood, California. At about eleven, I discovered quite accidentally in one of the johns in the local park, there were some men inside who seemed to be doing things that really interested me. So …

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Agender Person Goes From Being Bullied In The Newark Projects To Gracing The Cover of French Vogue

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I’m Andre J., I’m from Newark, New Jersey. I remember this one particular time growing up in the projects that I was coming home from school and a 20-year-old looked at me and said, “You’re a sissy now and when you grow up you’re going to be a faggot and …

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How Punk Music and Feminism Changed a Young Life.

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My name is Rudy Garcia, and I’m from East L.A. I’m the last of eight children, and our family migrated here in the late ‘70s. My parents – at that point, by the time I reached junior high school – they could afford to send me to private school or …

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Lesbian Rapper Shares Tribute to Gay Uncle.

Monique-Contreras

My name is Monique Contreras and I’m from Orange County, was raised in Missouri, and I have currently been living in Los Angeles the past 10 years. I cut hair, and I mostly cut male hair, barber-style, old school, I love doing that. I think it’s nostalgic for me because …

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Rosa’s Journey From “All Gays Should Go To Hell” to Loving Her Lesbian Daughters.

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I’m Rosa Manriquez and I’m from Los Angeles. When people ask me what I am, if I’m LGBTQA, what am I, I tell people I’m neither. I don’t identify by my sexuality, I’m a mother and a grandmother. I was raised Catholic, I’m still very much Catholic, and I went …

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