About The Personal Stories Project

“Personal stories are the most powerful tool we have to erase fear, give hope, and unite people.” –Shane Bitney Crone

Charles Chan Massey and Sara Christie founded The Personal Stories Project in 2012 to promote activism, advocacy and support for the LGBT community and our allies through the sharing of personal stories.

Watch our video to learn more about how The Personal Stories Project came to be.

Our Mission

Our overall goal is to engage people and help change hearts and minds towards advocacy and activism.

We provide a forum for members of the LGBT community and our allies to share their own personal stories to help change hearts, minds, and lives.

We publish these stories, providing a compelling visual preview that leads to a concise and emotionally-connected experience for the reader.

We connect people with others who may have found themselves in similar circumstances.

We connect our community with charities that are meaningful to those who have had the courage to share their own personal stories with our community.

At the end of each story, you’ll find a call to action that allows you to donate, a portion of which will, in turn, be re-donated to the non-profit organization that the storyteller has requested.

Help Us Help Others

As a completely volunteer-run organization, we retain a portion of each donation to cover our administrative costs such as maintenance of this website, annual corporate filings, our e-mail accounts, and other ordinary and necessary expenses. The remainder is re-donated to other non-profit organizations that are integral to the stories that folks have shared with us.

We are always seeking volunteers who can provide pro bono professional services such filming, editing, accounting, and legal services. Please contact us at charles@personalstoriesproject.org if you can provide or refer us to anyone who might be interested in donating their professional services.

Sponsors and Donors

CLICK HERE to learn more about our wonderful sponsors and donors. Want to help us help others? Send an e-mail to charles@personalstoriesproject.org to learn how you can work with us to help change hearts, minds, and lives.

The Personal Stories Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Our Team

Our current volunteer leaders include:

Charles Chan Massey

Co-Founder and Executive Director
Los Angeles, CA USA

Tom Gleason

Board Member and Webperson
Denver, CO USA

Joseph Chan

Board Member and Treasurer
Los Angeles, CA USA

Sandra Kaler, R.N., Ph.D.

Board Member
Los Angeles, CA USA

Luke Johnson

Videographer and Video Editor
Atlanta, GA USA

Max Huskins

Portland, OR USA

Kathleen Cochran

Board Member
Washington, DC USA

Cheryl Cryer

Board Member
Portland, OR USA

Joan Eisenstodt

Board Member
Washington, DC USA

Steven M. Rudner

Board Member and Legal Advisor
Dallas, TX, USA

Geoffrey Wale

Story Editor
Ottawa, ON Canada

Sara Stevenson Christie

Boston, MA USA