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Collecting Stories In The "Coming Out Project"

JEFFERSON PUBLIC RADIO

by GEOFFREY RILEY & EMILY CURETON

The days of hiding in the shadows are largely over for members of the LGBTQ community. Or are they?

Society's attitudes toward people who are not strictly heterosexual have changed, but over a long time, and with a lot of pressure from a lot of people.

And they all have stories to tell, stories being collected by the Coming Out Project.

Gina DuQuenne is the head of Southern Oregon Pride. Graham Sheldon is the founder of the Coming OUt Project. They describe the workings of this crowd-sourced oral history event.

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Welcome to the Coming Out Project

Welcome to the Coming Out Project. Together, we are creating the first global archive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer life stories. Our goal is to establish a permanent repository for our history, the history of our movement, and the struggle to claim our own basic human rights. It is an ambitious goal, but the rewards to our future will be priceless.

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“The tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible… The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

— Anderson Cooper, CNN

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