Category Archives for Gay & Proud

I will not disrespect my partner to please other people

Added May 12, 2011 I grew up in a church going Baptist family and was taught that gay people go to hell. I remember my Mom telling my Uncle that he was headed in the wrong direction if he didn’t “change his ways”. Even at a young age I knew he couldn’t “change his ways” […]

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I thought that my family would disown me

Added May 12, 2011 I grew up in Ohio in a very Roman Catholic environment, attending Catholic school, attending Mass every week. I always thought being gay was sinful and deviant. I tried very hard to be “straight” dating men until I started approaching my 40th birthday. I realized that my life was passing me […]

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I met a wonderful woman and could not be happier

Added May 12, 2011 I tried to conform to the way everyone wanted me to be. I got married right out of high school had two children and was miserable. My husband always wondered why I never wanted to make love. It didn’t feel like love. I felt like I was dying inside, no doubt […]

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God loves you just the way you are!

Added March 26, 2011 Like so many older women I grew up when being gay was unheard of and no one even spoke the “L” word. I always felt different and by the time I was about 10 I knew I was different but didn’t dare to even think that it was because I was […]

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I’m a lesbian and have been out since I was 16

Added March 26, 2011 I’m a lesbian have been out since I was 16. My family has been extremely supportive throughout my life. I’m a faculty member at a Big Ten university in the Midwest. I have faced issues of being a woman & lesbian in the workplace with many male colleagues. I believe it’s […]

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I didn’t come out until after I was out of the foster care system

I can remember always know that I was different from everyone else. I was attracted to girls that I was around. I always would dream that I was a boy so that it was alright that I was attracted to them. I grew up in a very small town for a huge part of my […]

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I thought I was the only person like me

I’ve known that I was different since I was a child. I thought I was the only person like me until I was in high school and I met my first partner. We were together for 11 years until his suicide on May 28, 1990. I was devastated but somehow I pulled myself together and […]

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How could someone who didn’t know me hurt me with words?

I was very fortunate to grow up in an area where I didn’t have a lot of problems. I was stronger than most emotionally so when there was ridicule I more felt sorry for that person. I always felt if they didn’t know me they couldn’t know what they were talking about. How could someone […]

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People thought it was okay to judge and harass me

I’m 19 years old. I’m gay. In junior high, I barely knew who I was, but people who had even less of an idea of who I was than I did thought it was okay to judge and harass me. It got better. It got better because my friends were there for me. It gets […]

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Growing Up in Smalltown Alabama

Although a bit more progressive by comparison with other small towns in my state — due in great part to the university community – it was a tough place for a young lesbian nonetheless. I was from a well-respected family, was popular in high school with plenty of friends and boyfriends, but I tried to […]

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