Our personal stories are the most powerful tool we have to erase fear, give hope, and unite people. They have the power to change hearts, minds, and lives. I know this to be true because stories have changed my own life in ways I could never have imagined.
We provide a forum where people can share their personal stories and connect with others who may have found themselves in similar circumstances.
Our overall goal is to engage people and change hearts and minds towards advocacy and activism as well as connect our story readers to charities that are meaningful to those who have had the courage to share their own personal stories.
We welcome your written stories at any time and also have open video shoots in the Los Angeles area and other locations several times annually. The most effective and well received written stories should be around 1,200 – 1,500 words, as folks tend to lose interest in stories that go on for too long.
To share your written story with our community please follow these steps (CLICK HERE to find out about how to have your story featured on video)
Step 1: Read several existing stories to learn how others have shared their own personal stories with us:
CLICK HERE to read Alex’s story about two women living on different continents who fall in love and start a family.
CLICK HERE to read Jonah’s story about a young man coming to terms with his sexuality and coming out to his family.
CLICK HERE to read Garrett’s story about a young man coming out in the Southern United States.
Step 2: The most common points of view any story is written from are first-person and third-person. You’ll more than likely want to write your personal story in the first-person for our forum. Check out this excellent article with some tips to help you along the way.
Step 3: Story Submission Guidelines
Make sure you address the following points in your personal story, modifying as necessary as they apply to your specific circumstances.
What specifically is your story about (i.e. coming out, becoming an ally, transitioning gender, etc)?
When did you first realize you were (fill in the blank___________________)?
What happened next?
Were there family pressures? How did you manage those?
How about school/work pressures and with friends? How did they react?
How did you build your support network?
Many people in the LGBT+ community, as well as our allies, are alienated and even disowned by their families and friends. Have you experienced this?
How have people who knew you before treated you since?
What’s life like now?
What has been your proudest moment along your journey?
How do you think your story can help others who are going through a similar journey?
What’s your hope for telling your story in this forum?
Is there anything else you’d like to add that’s not mentioned above?
Step 4: Write Your Story
We suggest you write your story using a word processing program (i.e. Word, Notepad, etc.), running spell check and then cut-and-pasting into the box. Keep your story between 1,200 and 1,500 words (maximum 1,500). Note that not all stories submitted will be posted, so make sure all spelling and grammar is correct and proofread it before hitting “Submit.”
Step 5: Call to Action
At the end of each story we share we always have a call to action. Think of which organization (must be a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit or the equivalent, when located outside of the United States) you’d like your story to help drives donations towards.
Step 6: Upload A Photo
Step 7: Submit Your Story!
Please feel free to send an e-mail to Charles Chan Massey, Executive Director if you need any additional information or guidance along the way. Most of all, thank you for your time and for your willingness to share your story.