John Egan

As interviewed by Hannah Hufford
"When I was growing up there were very few images on TV that were positive about the LGBT community. The stereotypes were really played out. I feel like the stereotypes are still there but they're muted by the realistic portrayals that you see on TV...I mean it's just completely changed."
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David Meischen

As Interviewed by Eamon C.
"My father has never been in our house. The house I live in with Scott. He’s never been there. He won’t come there. And my dad still owns the family farm and Scott’s never been there."
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Doug Duke

As Interviewed by Aubrey Harlan
"I lived a lie for thirty years, and people do lie, and live lifestyles that are different than ours. For them, this is their chance. "
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Steven Olender

As Interviewed by Henry Stanford
"Our freedoms don't mean anything unless they're everyone's. I think that everyone should have the right to feel safe in their homes, to love their loved ones in the way that they want."
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Roger Roe

As interviewed by Luke Roe
"I remember seeing a magazine cover, possibly in the late 70s, probably 1978 or so, that said ‘How Gay is Gay?’ and that was the first time I really understood it was a cultural phenomenon that people were talking about."
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Alejandro Joan

As interviewed by Mikey O.
"... I am still the same person that I was before besides i am more just who I am than ever. "
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Kellie Dowell

As Interviewed by Isabel C.
"...the only way I could really be the best I think I could be would be to be truly who I really was."
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Gay Rights in Texas

Jason Brady
"If I wrote the laws it would not distinguish gay people from straight people"
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Joye Price and Brenda Marlin

As interviewed by Sarah Jackson
"I would want to be myself no matter what."
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Tony West

By: Sofia Di Fiore
""When I came out – and I was really out and no longer apologetic and no longer going to hide – I called everyone I could think of to let them know. And maybe that is silly, but I thought that there are hundreds of people in my life who respect me, and maybe if they knew this about me, maybe when they met someone who is gay they’ll think twice about thinking this is a strange person.""
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Meg Barnhouse

As Interviewed by Nathan Reed
"Most of the books about the ‘gay lifestyle’ made it sound so depressing, empty and cold. It was like, you will always be persecuted and never have any children."
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Paige Schilt

As Interviewed by Mia Czarnecki
"I was really surprised to find that his elementary school was actually the place where I felt the queerest and the most marginal of any of my other social spaces."
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Mitchell James O'Hearn

As Interviewed by Nadia Freeman
"I think there are a lot of assumptions about being gay or being straight, and what people forget to say is that we're human."
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Shawn Calamari and Mandy Waid

As interviewed by Clara Gibbs
"Our family is based on love and has the same commitments as everyone else and there is no reason why we should be treated any differently or have less accessibility or rights that anyone else has. "
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Jeff Harper, and Mark Seeger

Kathryn Christian
"I think you can be yourself to a certain extent. There's still a line you don't cross."
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Tanene Allison

As interviewed by Chandler P.
"I remember sitting in this class where the people around me were debating on how if I was allowed to marry someone I love that it would ruin America. I remember sitting there and being shocked how many of my peers actually thought that."
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Heidi Hojnicki

Audrey Sayer
"It's not a question of gay rights, it's a question of human rights. "
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Trey Kohlhausen

As interviewed by Peter Layne
"I want to be known for the coaching I do with kids, and with other individuals. I don't want to be known as gay coach Trey"
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Terry Bounds

As interviewed by Maggie Bishop
"Most of us are just regular people living regular lives, you know, raising kids, doing laundry. That kind of thing."
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Norman Hanson

As Interviewed by Thomas Wilson
"You see something like this and what do you do? You drop your coat, you roll up your sleeves, and you clean up your friend."
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Mary Madge Darlington

As Interviewed by Fritzie Schwentker
"One thing that was really important to us was that there were no secrets."
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Shellie Hall and Kris Argall

As Interviewed by Margaret Savage
"You always do that mental check: where are we, who’s around, and how is this going to be perceived?"
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Mary Ann

As interviewed by Michael Wallace
"I think that’s part of the problem. We believe that everyone had the same chance [to end up homeless]. But that’s not true. Some people come back. A lot of people that live on the streets have mental illnesses. If they don’t have, can’t afford treatment, can’t afford medicine, and they don’t have a family that’s able to take care of them."
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Leroy Hiller

As interviewsed by C.Laake
"I don't think there was one defining moment that was like, 'Ohhhh you're gay,' but over time you start to notice that I had different feelings."
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Joseph X.

As Interviewed by Shahin Masoumi
"I don’t think that I was treated bad because I was gay, but more because I was a soft-spoken guy."
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Douglas Plummer

As Interviewed by John Clark
"A lot of times people try and hide bigotry under other things. They try to hide the fact that they are discriminatory."
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Lucia P. and Theresa T.

As Interviewed by Elyshia D.
"We are just like everyone else. We have feelings. We can be happy or sad. We are good people. We like to help in our community. The same things that matter to straight people matter to gay people."
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