by Mark Lambie for El Paso Times
El Pasoans can share their coming-out stories Saturday with VideoOut, an online library for the LGBTQIA community. Jordan Reeves, founder of VideoOut, was documenting El Pasoans' coming-out stories Thursday at the El Paso Museum of History. Eder Perez, a University of Texas at El Paso student and graduate of Valle Verde Early College High School, shared his story Thursday. VideoOut collaborated with the museum to catalog an oral history of coming-out stories. Reeves said the stories are important for others who are coming out and need a story to relate to.
By Shelby Kapp for NBC’s Channel 9 El Paso
“The El Paso LGBTQIA+ community will have a chance to share their stories. VideoOut is an organization that travels around the country to share stories from LGBTQIA+ communities from around the country. Today they will be in El Paso. Members of the LGBTQIA+ community can go and share their experience and their story of coming out. VideoOut will record it and upload it to their website to promote advocacy, awareness, and education.”
By Curtis Wong for Huffington Post
“VideoOut got its most significant exposure to date in September, when Reeves was named one of four grant recipients of Marriott’s #LoveTravels Beyond Barriers Social Innovation Investment. He accepted the $50,000 grant at a starry New York gala that drew the likes of Lena Waithe, Adam Rippon, Luis Fonsi and Betty Who.”
BY NICO LANG for into
Simon’s story is just one of about 250 stories featured on VideoOut, a digital platform Reeves founded two years ago. Since 2016, he has traveled the United States collecting diverse stories of LGBTQ people reflecting on their own experiences of coming out, whether it was about their sexual orientation, gender identity, or even their HIV status.
“People are exceptionally proud of who they are in an unprecedented way — in a way that I don’t know has ever existed before,” Reeves claimed. “What I’ve seen in our community is that in the face of this administration and not knowing whether or not you’ll be able to get married next year, people are stepping up to the plate. They’re saying, ‘I am proud of who I am and I’m not apologizing.’”
BY ROSE DOMMU for Out Magazine
"It wasn't until I heard a coming out story that I realized I'm not alone," says Reeves. Once he moved to New York and started connecting with other LGBTQ people, he still felt the impact of that first story, and decided to dedicate his life to collecting coming out stories through his project VideoOut. "I kept thinking about the power of that story in my own life, and exponentializing that power through a platform that could help millions of people. That was the vision I had for VideoOut, was that this could be bigger than just my own life. It could be for everyone."
by John Paul Brammer for NBC News
Jordan Reeves, founder and CEO of VideoOut, built a virtual library specifically to allow people to easily share their coming out stories.
“Social media allows you to control your story,” he said, echoing Bendix. “You can craft it in a way that makes sense to you. And in doing so, you tell your story the way you want it to be told. That's empowering!”
by Fergus Tuohy for Medium
“Reeves sought to employ such empathy as a means of addressing the problems he faced in his neighborhood. He reached out to friends and community organizers for advice, and to members of the community for input. Ultimately, they came up with an idea called Kindness Party, an event they held on October 14.”