After trying on several identities, Lee began to embrace gender non-conformity. This is their story of breaking the binary, building community, being visible, and raising HIV/AIDS awareness.
When Sahara first started transitioning, she was out and proud. But with time, she felt herself slipping into stealth mode, wanting to just blend in. Now she’s ready to make this her year of visibility.
As a young girl, Jamie never imagined she could be openly gay, let alone working for herself as a successful photographer. But she now relishes the opportunity to document her queer community.
Jonathan always loved performing in theater and television. Over time, he began taking the stage not to act, but to fight for LGBTQ equality and economic empowerment.
Profiles in Pride held an event during DreamWeek in San Antonio, Texas, where several LGBTQIA people told their powerful coming out stories in person in front of a live audience. See the recording here.
When Julian came out as gay in high school, his family didn’t understand. He turned to activism, where he’s found a passion for fighting for LGBTQ equality and lifting up those in the community who need support.
Mel Wells has had to come out of two closets: she left the Mormon church, and she later came out as lesbian. Now she gives back to the LGBTQ community with her genderless swimsuit line, Beefcake Swimwear.
Danie was raised male, but this identity never felt right. When she learned she was actually an intersex woman, everything made sense. She went on a journey to find herself and eventually began living life as the woman she was always meant to be.
Sarah grew up in a conservative family that wanted her to fit into a specific mold. But she gradually rejected these constraints and came to embrace her queerness, and with the help of her transgender partner, began to further explore gender identity.
When Belinda came out as gay, she was rejected by her family and religion. These experiences shaped her, and when her son came out as transgender, she welcomed him with open arms and became an advocate for trans youth and their parents.