At Our Life Logs, we often capture stories that show a person’s journey, and sometimes this is done by people discovering and accepting themselves. We believe everyone should be confident in who they are and live truthfully as their best selves. In the spirit of living in honesty, we’ve compiled our top 5 LGBTQ stories (based on views and a few of our personal favorites). We hope this list will inspire you to accept and love yourself like all of these wonderful people.
No. 5 “To Open the Door” – by Seth Miller
Seth’s story is a heartfelt coming-out story about a boy who always afraid to come out from behind the curtain and show his true self but developed the confidence in his college years. It’s a great, relatable story for those who have struggled or are struggling to come out in the wake of an environment that may not accept you.
“A five-year-old me very much wanted to be the star of these productions. Many of these performances involved me donning the outfit of one of my favorite movie or book characters. I would climb the cherry tree and howl like Mowgli or pretend that the swing set was Captain Hook’s pirate ship.
While I loved becoming an assortment of characters, my favorites were always women. They did more exciting things than the men, in my eyes. Mary Poppins could slide up a banister, Snow White got to wear a colorful outfit, and Dorothy fought the Wicked Witch of the West. I would much rather wear a dress and a braided wig than playing sports like my twin brother.”
No. 4 “Removing the Mask” – by Adam Savage
This is not your average transgender story. Since she was a teenager, Meggan felt like a woman trapped in a man’s body, but it wasn’t until she was married with kids in her 30s that she made the decision to work toward transitioning. This led to turmoil with her wife and children that’s simply heartbreaking to read (although it is unfortunately common for the transgender community). This is a touching story about a transgender woman’s perseverance to become her true self despite the backlash along the way.
“Being transgender means wearing a mask to match the gender the world sees, broadcasting an incomplete version to everyone looking in. Taking off the mask meant that I was letting someone know the whole me, and it was a while before I brought myself to do that.”
No. 3 “Despite the Fear” – by Kristen Petronio
Ed’s story is not only inspiring, but educational. Through Ed’s eyes, you get the chance to see what it was like to be gay in the 1970s and 1980s. He was discharged from the Navy for being gay, was diagnosed with HIV in 1986, endured drug addiction for 30 years, lost friends to substance abuse and AIDS, beat cancer, and has survived it all to tell his amazing story. This story will make you laugh, cry, and feel inspired. Read through Ed’s journey of accepting himself and eventually working to help working toward ending AIDS and you might just shed a tear along the way.
“Then AIDS hit, and everyone’s life changed. I moved back to New York and stayed with two friends who suggested that I get tested for HIV. It was something many of us were starting to do. I went to a doctor in Manhattan on my 30th birthday in 1986. As I walked out of that office, I knew my life was never going to be the same. I had tested HIV positive and the doctor had said I’d probably only have five years to live. I refused to come to terms with my mortality, so I continued partying to try to forget about it.
Many of my friends started getting sick. My good friend John was forced to retire because of his health. At the time, I was so self-centered. I hated seeing him slowly shrivel up because it reminded me that wouldn’t be able to outrun HIV forever. How did things get so dark so quickly?“
No. 2 “Becoming Me” – by Kristen Petronio
Kim’s story begins different than all our other stories because we see the life of Josh, a part of Kim that she has little memory of anymore. She doesn’t feel that she was ever Josh. He’s always been a separate entity. For the first half of this story, we see the life of Josh and how it led to Kim discovering herself when she got to college. This story is a great read for those in LGBTQ community and for those who need the proper education about transgender as an identity. Through vivid metaphors, we delve into the mind of a person who discovered they were born the wrong gender. This story will bring a lot of tears, but it also bring a lot of joy. By the end, you’ll be cheering for Kim and how far she’s come!
“Josh’s mother used him as a tool because even though she was crafty, she needed Josh’s illustration skills for her projects. Still, Josh continued pursuing art in high school since it was the one thing that made his family acknowledge him as a person. Thankfully it was also personally fulfilling, and he never stopped.
When Josh started enrollment at a liberal arts college, he took it as an opportunity for a fresh start. Since he was often mistaken for a girl, he decided to embrace it by choosing a different name for the first few years of college.
He went from Josh to Kim, and that’s where my story begins.“
No. 1 “My Own Kind of Normal” – by Kristen Petronio
Cliff’s story will hook you from the start. Imagine growing up in a household where being “normal” is pushed on you yet no matter what, you can’t be or feel “normal.” Cliff’s story shows how growing up deep in closet as an adolescent can lead to darker repercussions in adulthood. It wasn’t until he was out of college that he officially came out after denying his true sexuality for years. Once you read the story, you’ll see how Cliff’s life turned around once he accepts himself. This story not only shows the difficulty of coming out in the 1960s, but also how detrimental familial and societal expectations can be to a person. If at least moment from this story doesn’t pull on your heart strings, we’ll be severely shocked. Cliff’s story is relatable to anyone who has ever felt obligated to be something they know they aren’t out of fear or societal pressure.
“I could not stop the feelings I had for men, so I went to see a therapist. I walked into his office and said, “I want to become straight.” That didn’t work out (obviously). Then I found Dr. Kelly. Sensing that I was scared and nervous, he was very kind and spoke softly. I asked him to make me straight. He grimaced and said, “I can help, but I just have to tell you that I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being gay.” It didn’t inspire me to change because I was still so buried in self-hatred, but I’m forever thankful he said that to me. “