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Out October

Caleb Eigsti

Out October: “Not One Day Do I Wish To Be Straight.”

by Caleb Eigsti ● 3:25 PM October 29, 2010
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“I refuse to give up on my dream of making pop music history and inspiring the next generation to celebrate who we really are. Not one day do I wish to be straight, or look more like a man just so that I don’t have to feel this pain. I know what is truly right and that comforts me more than the comfort of the outside world.”

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Out October: “I Guess I’ll Be Coming Out For A While.”

by Caleb Eigsti ● 1:05 PM October 28, 2010
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Today’s Out October Project story comes from Greg Mitchell, who originally wrote this story for “I’m From Driftwood.” Greg’s story reveals a life of uncertainty in the face of perceived rejection. Make sure to catch up on all the other coming out stories here. “Nah, I can’t be g*y…I just have to find the right [...]

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Out October: Watch – Cast Of Wicked Says “It Gets Better”

by Caleb Eigsti ● 6:59 PM October 27, 2010
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Today’s Out October Project story is a little different. We began planning the Out October Project even before news of the most-recent anti-gay bullying teen suicides. We began it as an effort to give LGBTQ youth, teens, and young adults hope. And we’ve kept separate the Out October Project from the “It Gets Better” videos. [...]

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Out October: “I’m Crying Because Your Son Is A Homosexual!”

by Caleb Eigsti ● 5:23 PM October 25, 2010
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Today’s Out October Project story is from Gonzalo Garcia, a New York City actor turned personal trainer, and he is a personal friend. His story gives the idea of “you’re not the only one” new meaning. (You can join Gonzalo’s Facebook fan page, and follow him via Twitter.) It was 1998 and I was a [...]

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Out October: “Truth Is, I Was Contemplating Suicide.”

by Caleb Eigsti ● 6:17 PM October 22, 2010
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Today’s Out October Project story comes from Phil Reese, writer and contributor for The Bilerico Project and writer for Ameriqueer, who explains that sometimes it isn’t an actual physical bully pushing you over the edge. Sometimes it is you and your own thoughts that torture and torment. Missed our other coming out stories? Catch up here! [...]

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Out October: “I Can Remember Thinking About Men As Early As Kindergarten”

by Caleb Eigsti ● 6:17 PM October 21, 2010
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Today’s Out October Project story comes from Chris Atwood. It is one of hope, courage, and yes, rejection too, but the ability to see beyond rejection to creating a life of love and acceptance of oneself. Catch up on all the other stories of hope, courage and love here. I can remember thinking about men [...]

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Out October: How Was It Being Gay In Bible-Belt Missouri?

by Caleb Eigsti ● 3:58 PM October 18, 2010
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Today’s Out October Project post comes from New York-based freelance photographer Charles Ludeke. He shares his process of coming to terms with his sexuality and he also adds a note to all. “Life is what you make it.” It’s easy to stereotype things you don’t know. Being new to New York, a lot of people are [...]

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Out October: Not A Single Soul In My Frat Knew I Was Gay

by Caleb Eigsti ● 4:30 PM October 14, 2010
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Today’s Out October Project story comes from Woody Amidon, a man who was afraid to let all of his fraternity brothers see him for who he really was. Although afraid of the ridicule and the humiliation, he was able to find his strength and the courage to be honest and true to who he was, [...]

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Out October: “Yes, I Am Proud Of Who I Am, As Everyone In This World Should Be.”

by Caleb Eigsti ● 3:15 PM October 13, 2010
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Our next story in our “Out October Project” comes from a woman who found the one she wants to be with and live with, she’s found the one she loves and she wants the world to know it. Sadly, the world can’t know it yet for her other half has just gone into the military. [...]

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Out October: “We Watched Bill O’Reilly Every Night.”

by Caleb Eigsti ● 1:21 PM October 12, 2010
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Our next story in The Out October Project comes from a guy named Nick who found support where he didn’t think he would. These types of stories are becoming real every single day. People are changing and the attitude towards what gay means is changing. Hope remains. There is always hope and there are always [...]

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Out October: “It’s YOUR Story — Tell It The Way YOU Want.”

by Caleb Eigsti ● 4:39 PM October 8, 2010
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Our sixth story comes from another religious young man who happens to be bisexual. It is in his friends he finds the acceptance he needs and the courage to face his family, and with most of their support he has found a loving and accepting congregation within the Lutheran Church. My nickname is Big Red. [...]

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Out October: “Gay, Christian, And In The Military.”

by Caleb Eigsti ● 4:37 PM October 7, 2010
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Our fifth story in our Out October series is this video showing a man named Zach who went into the military after his father, lead bible studies and happened to be gay. He says, “Life is YOUR stage — read your OWN lines — don’t let others read them FOR you.” This is his story. [...]

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Out October: “You Are Not Alone.”

by Caleb Eigsti ● 3:08 PM October 6, 2010
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Editor’s Note: Our fourth story in the Out October series, comes to us from a woman who knows what it is like to have her family hate her for who she is. Thankfully, she also knew that there were people out there who loved her not in spite of who she was but because of [...]

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Out October: “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

by Caleb Eigsti ● 2:19 PM October 5, 2010
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I had little to no exposure to the LGBT community during my childhood. I grew up with little to no perception of what real gay people are like, or even what being gay really meant. The slurs were all tossed around here and there without much context: fag, gay, and homo, among others. These words didn’t mean to me then what they do now. The first quarter of my life was lived in a closet that I didn’t know existed because I grew up in a culture that shunned an entire minority. [...]

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