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.
Raymond Braun was bullied as a kid and ashamed of his sexuality. Over time, he came into his own, and he now uses media as a platform to help LGBTQ people feel more empowered and less alone.
When Lisa Cannistraci opened Henrietta Hudson in New York City in 1991, she had no idea that nearly 30 years later, it would be the longest standing lesbian bar in America and a platform for social change.
As an openly gay person of color — and one who has a fierce strut in high heels — Harper breaks numerous ballet stereotypes. Here’s how he found his power in authenticity and is using his visibility for good.
Michael grew up thinking he was the only gay person in the world. Later, as he came out and learned about the gay community, he wanted to share this knowledge. Now he runs tours in New York City to teach LGBTQ history.
As a young reporter in Wyoming, Jason Marsden befriended Matthew Shepard. He had no idea how Matthew’s death would change the direction of his life and help him come out as gay. This is his story.
Katie struggled to come out, but when she met an LGBTQ asylum seeker in college, she realized how much harder things were elsewhere. So she co-founded a resource to help LGBTQ people fleeing persecution.
Daniel always knew he was gay, but with a Southern Baptist minister as a father, coming out didn’t seem like an option. Read about his path to living authentically and discovering his dream career in fashion.
Carine De Mesmaeker, former DJ and owner of a lesbian bar, noticed a trend: lesbian bars were closing, but festivals were on the rise. So she decided to create one for gay women in Europe.