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!”