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.
Coming Out Project started as a realization that, given the extreme speed of change in recent times, even members of our own community have begun to forget how we have succeeded and how we have failed. From the old adage, ‘when I was young, things used to be different’ grew the idea of finding a way to capture these individual life lessons into a resource that would both enable us to remember and also allow others to continue to grow.
From there, our scope quickly grew to encompass not only submissions from those in our community, but also those affected by our community. And from simple archival, to a rich, searchable database that encourages people to grow and learn. Using this information to help individuals, communities, or countries continue our march toward equality became a focus.
We have been recently reminded that our rights should not be taken for granted. Weather its the struggle of an individual within a country that has poor recognition of our rights, or the fight to keep rights earned from being taken away, we all now face a much less certain future. Coming Out Project will be a safe place for our community to find support, guidance and empowerment.
We have only just begun to build what we will become. We invite you to participate by submitting a video, or becoming a volunteer docent, or by contributing to the Coming Out Project.
Thank you for your participation.
Coming Out Project
“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.”