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Real people. Unique Stories. Coming Out Stories will take you to one the most important moments in many people’s lives. It will perch you on sofas in suburban sitting rooms, stand you in front of officials' desks, put you at the centre of a crowd in a noisy classroom, everywhere where these conversations have happened. It doesn’t even matter if you haven’t had a conversation like this yourself, or indeed ever plan to. Everyone can recognise the innate human desire to love and be loved, and that’s what these stories are about.

Real people. Unique Stories. Coming Out Stories will take you to one the most important moments in many people’s lives. It will perch you on sofas in suburban sitting rooms, stand you in front of officials' desks, put you at the centre of a crowd in a noisy classroom, everywhere where these conversations have happened. It doesn’t even matter if you haven’t had a conversation like this yourself, or indeed ever plan to. Everyone can recognise the innate human desire to love and be loved, and that’s what these stories are about.
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United Kingdom

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Real people. Unique Stories. Coming Out Stories will take you to one the most important moments in many people’s lives. It will perch you on sofas in suburban sitting rooms, stand you in front of officials' desks, put you at the centre of a crowd in a noisy classroom, everywhere where these conversations have happened. It doesn’t even matter if you haven’t had a conversation like this yourself, or indeed ever plan to. Everyone can recognise the innate human desire to love and be loved, and that’s what these stories are about.

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English


Episodes

Jose

9/15/2019
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Jose, a Puerto Rican man who lives in the Bronx in New York City tells us about his huge challenges coming out, suffering terrible sexual abuse, being thrown out of home at just 13 by his father, then finding his logical family in Greenwch village and eventually finding love.

Duration:00:18:52

GJ

9/1/2019
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GJ struggled with coming out as a lesbian because of her Rastafarian faith. Her parents hail from Barbuda, near Antigua. She was outed without her knowledge by The Carribbean Times newspaper and had to make a tricky phone call to her parents....

Duration:00:16:02

Christine

8/18/2019
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Christine , the author of Trans Britain, has been at the heart of the Trans Rights movement since the early '90s, campaigning to get laws changed and was eventually awarded an MBE for her work. She also has one of the earliest coming out stories we have heard – she was just four when she told her mum she wanted to grow up to be a woman. But it took another 20 years until she came out to them again.

Duration:00:37:29

Asad

8/4/2019
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Asad grew up in a British Pakistani muslim household and feared the worst when coming out to his parents. So much so, he packed a bag and had a friend wait outside in his car, ready to escape.

Duration:00:35:39

Mark

7/21/2019
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Growing up in rural wales, pre-internet, Mark says it was penpals who helped him understand his sexuality, but it was appearing on national TV show Stars in Their Eyes, that led him to him coming out on a big scale!

Duration:00:22:19

Saski

7/7/2019
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Saski is a singer and a Pride host. She struggled coming out at school, but now works for Educate and Celebrate. Her story contains one of the best reactions from a parent ever!

Duration:00:13:00

Martin - A Stonewall Riots veteran.

6/27/2019
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A very special episode to commemorate 50 years since one of the most important events in LGBTQ+ history: The Stonewall Riots. Martin Boyce was the son of Italian immigrants and grew up in New York, coming out in the 60s at a time it was very dangerous to be gay in the city. He was at The Stonewall Inn on 28 June 1969 and stood, defiant, as the NYPD charged. His story is moving and incredible. Please share it.

Duration:00:29:29

Nadia

6/23/2019
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Nadia grew up in a religious household with a Christian mum and a Muslim dad. She was always too afraid to come out at school becuase of the intense bullying she witnessed. But when her mum was seriously ill in hospital Nadia knew she wanted to tell her exactly who she was.

Duration:00:17:34

Eric Marcus

6/9/2019
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LGBT historian and author of the book Making Gay History talks to us about his televised coming out story, in an epsiode recorded outside The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York.

Duration:00:19:41

Chris Bear Strong

5/26/2019
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The first relationship Chris McNaghten had ended up with him being blackmailed. He talks frankly about his struggles with mental health and tackling homophobia in his sport head on.

Duration:00:24:02

Lucia

5/12/2019
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Mum and children's entertainer Lucia was giving her mum a lift when she came out. She didn't expect the response she got...

Duration:00:21:04

Stephen Bailey

5/5/2019
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Comedian and TV presenter Stephen Bailey tells us his no-nonsense Coming Out stories, including snogging at school parties and never telling his parents "I'm gay"

Duration:00:17:45

Sophie

4/28/2019
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Sophie came out as gay at 17. Her mum really couldn’t cope and threatened to divorce Sophie’s dad. This, however, is a real story of eventual understanding and the realisation that things do, nearly always, get better.

Duration:00:25:22

Lucy Lush

4/21/2019
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Lucy came out in the 1980s in Cumbria, was bullied both at school and home and was even given electric shock treatment for being gay.

Duration:00:23:06

Marta

4/14/2019
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Marta is Polish and identifies as a lesbian and she spent years trying to come to terms with her sexuality after having a secret long term relationship with her best friend.

Duration:00:15:13

Louise

4/7/2019
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Poet, playwright and performer Louise Wallwein came out to a social worker, whilst being raised by nuns in a care home.

Duration:00:30:20

Gia Gunn

3/31/2019
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The star of Ru Paul's Drag Race on her journey to becoming the woman she is today.

Duration:00:09:25

Bill

3/24/2019
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Bill grew up in a children's home in Southport and came out, aged just 13 to a local priest, who proved to be a huge support to him.

Duration:00:15:20

Charli

3/17/2019
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Charli first came out as bisexual, but now identifies as pansexual, which she says a lot of people don't understand. She is now married but also in a polyamorous relationship.

Duration:00:16:36

Doug

3/10/2019
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Californian Doug realised he was gay when he had sex with his best friend, the day after he slept with his girlfriend. He was also outed against his will by someone bent on revenge.

Duration:00:09:42