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    As You Get Older, It Does Get Easier.

     

    My parents were religious. For me, I knew that coming out would mean that I would have to leave my home. At 16, I came out and, thankfully, I lived in my car until I found a job. But without a high school diploma, it was difficult. I went back...

    By: Ree

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    Smile.

     

    My story is very hard for me to talk about, because I don’t feel like I have been treated properly about certain situations. I am 15, almost 16 years old. I come from a difficult family, one that many people wouldn't understand. But I somehow manage to get through every...

    By: Jennifer

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    The Way I Was Made: A Success Story.

     

    Being born in Texas in 1958 was not the most promising start for a transgender child. By the age of 10 it was impossible to get through the day without some sort of teasing and bullying that my have been calls of "sissy" or physical violence. Living as a boy...

    By: Ginger

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    I Stay Strong

     

    When I was 14, I made the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I knew I had to come out to my family and friends. I developed the courage one night during dinner to tell my Grandparents (they were my guardians at the time) and I thought they would...

    By: anonymous

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    Full Circle

     

    I grew up in a loving home with a loving family. When I came out of the closet there were a lot of things that changed the dynamics of that loving family. I ended up getting kicked out and moving into a homeless shelter for youth in my home town...

    By: anonymous

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    Horrible High School

     

    High school was at the same time a great experience and also a horrible one. I had friends and maintained a good GPA, but I also was picked on mercilessly for being gay. Bullies in school were very bold and I would not only be harassed in the hallways, but even...

    By: anonymous

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    Lost and Found

     

    The summer before entering my senior year of high school, I promised myself that I would no longer be a fake, I would take off the mask and stop my masquerade. However, revealing my true identity would be difficult because I had lived 17 years in silence of my sexuality–my...

    By: anonymous

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    California Dreamin’

     

    They say that everything happens for a reason. My story begins on December 30, 2004. I had just finished one of the most powerful letters of my life. It was my step toward honesty; moving forward from where I’d been to become who I knew I was. I had written...

    By: anonymous

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    My Story My Clay-Clay

     

    Hi, my name is Jackie. I have taken in a friend that has become more or less a brother to me and who is gay. I have known Clay for a little over 5 years, but he has been living with my husband and I for a year. Our story began...

    By: jackie

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    Here After all

     

    Hi. Well, ok, I am the youngest of 8 and only 2 are straight. I knew I was gay when I was little, but I never knew that I would be shunned by my family or kicked out of the house at 11. My siblings came out last year. I...

    By: anonymous

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