Coming Out

This is where narrators describe their experience coming out as LGBT. Coming out is often–but not always–an important part of our narrators’ life stories. Here you can read about how and why people do–or don’t–come out. Narrators also describe the reactions that friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family have when people come out to them.

Bonnie Aspen                  “A very intellectual coming out.”
Marge Ballack                  “They’re letters from Connie.”

Joe Bloom                         “I cut my hair – that was the first thing.”

Helen Bonser                    “Don’t have it be ‘that Thanksgiving’.”
Ted Clark                             “The family didn’t split.”
David Cornelius                “I came out in the Navy.”
Marianne Dawson           “Mom, you didn’t do anything wrong as a parent.”

Gordon Fleming               “I came out to the family last.”
Ann Marie Floch               “She really needed to know.”
Kevan Gardner                 “Sales clerks are not dumb.” 

Maria H.-Peck                   “Bill Nourse came out at age 75.”
Diane Lantz                       “It freed me, it freed them.”
Christopher Lawrence  “She asked for Stonewall!”

Dean Lynch                       “A good 15-year process.”
Lenard Mace                     “Hello, I’m a human being.”
Linda McKitrick               “Guess what? I’m a heterosexual.”

Janice Packwood           “I guess it’s about time you knew.”
Craig Peterson                 “I never do anything halfway.
Deena Romoff                   “Are you together?”
Larry Stone                        “Why are you going on national TV?”

Paul Tiesse                        “You don’t have to make a big issue about coming out.”
Katie Urbanek                  “I didn’t even know what ‘gay’ meant.”
Peter Williams                  “I didn’t hide.”

Willow Williams                “Her mom really was a man hater.”
Kim Winchester                 “Nothing is complete without lashes.”
Ann Wood                           “What do I do now?