As we stop to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising with gratitude for those who fought back when police raided the Greenwich Village gay bar, let’s make sure to understand the facts surrounding this seminal moment in LGBTQ+ history.
In its continuing efforts to reshape the federal courts in an ultra-conservative direction, the Trump Administration appointed Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The U.S. Senate, with a vote of 52-46, confirmed Kacsmaryk to a lifetime seat.
The three-year anniversary of the Pulse mass shooting this past week served as a stark reminder: Persistence cannot take a break. Just a few miles from the site where 49 people lost their lives at the LGBTQ+ nightclub, the Revival Baptist Church of Orlando was preparing to underscore what appears to be another case of fear-based ignorance with a three-day “Make America Straight Again” event this weekend.
The evolution of same-sex marriage represents a societal acceptance and legal protection to love who you want to love. And yet a district attorney in Tennessee has decided it is his right as a “good Christian man” to essentially play a cruel cupid in the name of God.
In September 2018, VideoOut was selected as one of four organizations to receive a $50,000 grant from Marriott International as a part of #LoveTravels. When this first happened, many people asked our Executive Director, Jordan Reeves, “What business does a start-up, LGBTQ+ nonprofit like VideoOut have working with a multi-national, corporate conglomerate like Marriott? Aren’t they just checking a box?”
My name is Tatenda Ngwaru. I was born intersex. For those who do not know what it is, it is a condition when a child is born with ambiguous organs and they can not tell which sex it is. In simpler form, born with both sexes.
The stories showcase the bodies, faces, environments, sounds, voices, and noises that are familiar to specific people - it’s the closest representation to real life one can have without actually being physically present. The stories will beautifully frame real moments of time that are undeniable in our collective story. And they will capture the lives, through sound and silence, that will speak people’s real truths into a permanent archive for posterity.
VideoOut constantly asks why. Why do we do this program? Why does this matter to the community? Why are we spending money that way? Why, why, why! Here are some of the answers to many of the questions we've asked ourselves. We welcome any additional questions you have. As we receive them, we'll add them to this list. Stay tuned for updates!
That's why VideoOut organized Kindness Party. "Our mission is two-fold," says Reeves. "We exist to amplify the voices of LGBTQ people and to build a better community for us all. That's why we conceptualized Kindness Party. It's an opportunity to get to know your neighbors, spread kindness to the community, and to talk about the interests and challenges shared by all of us. That's how we're going to make our communities better."
VideoOut strives to operate transparently and collaboratively. We want everything we do to be by and for the community. To that end, we've written a commitment that outlines the ethics of our operations - The VideoOut Ethical Code.
VideoOut is excited that Founder and Executive Director, Jordan Reeves, has been selected as a 2017-2018 Creative Community Fellow.
Amanda Torres Price reflects on the current President, her baby daughter, and the reasons many of her fellow Americans voted for Donald Trump. She has a few years before my daughter starts asking me questions about the president, but what happens in the meantime?
It’s been nearly 48 years since the Stonewall Riots. While heroes and allies seem countless, from Bayard Rutstin and Harvey Milk to Barack Obama and Laverne Cox, the current challenges facing the LGBTQ community seem just as plentiful.
VideoOut founder, Jordan Reeves, takes a closer look at the past, present, and future of awards shows. Why is diversity still such an issue?
From New York City, New York, to Flagstaff, Arizona, there are stories to be told. From Mobile, Alabama, to Poulsbo, Washington, people are searching for community and a familiar voice. Whether you live in a metropolitan city or a rural township, you have a voice and a story that needs to be heard. That is why Video Out exists—to create a living library of coming out stories from people across the sexuality and gender spectrum so that we, as a community, can preserve our shared narrative and give hope and comfort to those just beginning their journey toward their own coming out story. So now, wherever you are, share your story.
I came out before the summer my best friend and I vowed to lose our virginity. That vow was a weight that left me confused, vulnerable, and determined not to enter my senior year of high school a virgin. I only knew one type of sex that could alleviate my virgin status.
Video Out believes passionately in the power of the shared human experience. We want to include your story, and thousands more like it, in our library of coming out stories told by real people. No scripts or studio time, no actors or paychecks—we want the stories of real people living life out in our community. Our goal is to be a resource for you and for our community. From helping those uncertain of their own sexual identity to putting a human face on a sometimes nameless topic—we truly believe that our shared narrative will empower and inform our community, those who stand with us, and the greater world around us. Will you join us? Will you share your story? We hope so. Here’s how.
What difference can one person’s story really make? Stories challenge and change us. They entertain and enlighten. The power of a story is as lasting as it is immeasurable. The LGBT community stands where it does today because countless individuals—like you—chose to come out and to tell their stories. Mario Martino pioneered for us; Harvey Milk inspired us; Lilli Vincenz fought for us; and Ellen DeGeneres took us primetime. But it is the courage of countless others coming out in their homes, in their families, and in their communities that bring about real and lasting change. So, why share your coming out story? Tell it for you. Tell it for our community. Tell it for the future.