As a student of library science, David loves books. His passion led him to get involved with a program that equips LGBTQ prisoners with books as a means of empowerment in an oppressive system.
Ji faced discrimination on all fronts as an immigrant growing up in a homophobic Colorado. She now uses writing and filmmaking to transform her experiences into stories of hope for bullied LGBTQ youth.
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.