Filmmaker Astrid Ovalles found that coming out as openly kinky was harder in many ways than coming out as lesbian. This is her story of navigating multiple coming outs and using her art to help normalize some taboos.
After coming out as nonbinary, Derick wanted to get more involved in their queer community in Shreveport, Louisiana. So they started a movement called Queerport to celebrate their LGBTQIA art, culture, and history locally.
When Janae Marie Kroczaleski, aka Kroc, came out as a transgender athlete, she thought it might be the end of her powerlifting career. Instead, it opened new doors and opportunities.
After he and his husband’s dog passed away, James was devastated. The adoption of a shelter dog, Zane, mended their broken hearts and inspired James to write a children’s book about their journey.
Kathryn Gonzales delayed her transition since she didn’t fit the typical trans narrative. Over time, she found herself and is now devoted to helping LGBTQIA youth thrive.
Jennifer Dane lived in the closet when she served during Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. She now works to support the LGBTQ military community while also fighting for trans kids and improving education policy.
Sam Dumas was bullied as a kid for his sexuality. Through his work at gay dating app Chappy, he now gets to help gay people find community and love.
After being frustrated by a lack of bi visibility, bisexual dancer Kai Hazelwood formed a queer art collective and is producing Unicorn pARTy to celebrate those who love more than one gender.
Chris Conde struggled with his sexuality and past trauma, and he became an alcoholic. Once he got sober, he put his energy into being a queer rapper. Music helped him process his pain and find self-acceptance.
Caroline and Jessica Kaplan had very different upbringings, but they both struggled to come out as lesbian. Now the couple runs an art and greeting card business to help increase LGBTQ visibility.