Tashan Lovemore is co-founder of BlackTransTV. He's also a poet. And, he's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. As a kid, Tashan didn't really know where or how to fit in. He struggled with being himself while still trying to please everyone else.

Sir Knight is an intellectual. Sir is also full of heart and soul. And Sir can talk about anything related to the black trans experience. Sir grew up in a rural community outside of Washington DC, and now lives in Brooklyn. Sir co-runs an organization called BlackTransTv and is helping people around the world navigate the black trans experience.

Alexa grew up in a small town outside of Amarillo, Texas. Bullies, misunderstanding, and an unsupportive family are just some of the things she had to deal with. Now, Alexa is thriving - and so very smart - with a huge heart for her community. Alexa wants us all to know that love always wins.
Jose is an artist, a writer, and an actor. He is also gay. He moved around quite a bit when he was young, and his relationship with his mother stood up to the challenges of coming out while navigating a life of faith and tradition. Jose's message for us is to be patient.

Desmond Napoles, also known as Desmond is Amazing, is an 11 year old drag kid who is as fierce as he gentle. He's taking the world by storm. Want to know how? Check out his website - he has plans for a magazine, a make-up line, and a whole lot more that will help queer youth.

Gia Gunn, the RuPaul's Drag Race superstar, shares her story of coming out, her experiences traveling the world, and her feelings about the current political environment in the United States. Her message is for all of us: don't give up, and most importantly, love yourself.

You may know Fabian as RuPaul's Drag Race star, Naysha Lopez, but his story started long before he became famous. Fabian's story is not uncommon: he was taught that being gay is not right. His mother read his journal and discovered his secret.

Stephane Duret is the founder of Kaiser's Room, a NYC based nonprofit that empowers kids on the Autism spectrum. He's also an actor in Kinky Boots on Broadway. There's little that Stephane cannot do, and in this story, he explains how he learned to the most important thing of all: just be himself.

Adinah considers herself an equal opportunist, not directly identifying as bisexual or lesbian, she simply says that she chooses love. She tells the stories of her coming to terms with her sexuality, including a laughable comment from her father. More than anything, Adinah wants to show support and give love.

Killian Donnelly, a Broadway actor and ally, shares how his best friend helped him empathize with LGBTQ people. He's interested in learning more, not just about his friend, but about everything that interests and affects the LGBTQ community. According to Killian, it all starts with being curious. Never stop asking questions!

A psychotherapist, Susan Litoff says, "Hiding oneself causes a great deal of psychological damage." Her daughter, Dana Kaye, says, "It's important to come out to the people around you and to yourself because you want to be true to who you are." The duo speaks about their own experiences, what that means for their family, and the greater implications for the world. Their conversation is as hilarious as it is moving, and at times, it tackles some pretty big issues!

It's not often you get to meet someone like Noma Seledon. The driving force behind all that she does is her love for people. She truly has a heart of gold! That's why it's no surprise that she was inducted into Chicago's LGBT Hall of Fame in recognition of her community building work - work that touches countless lives.

This video makes one thing very clear: Michelle Vallet is a good mom! So many times, LGBTQ people are voiceless - especially kids. That's why Michelle is determined to stand up and speak out. Listen to her story, and then ask yourself how you can bet a better advocate.

Katy is a queer, single mom by choice. She knows the anxiety harboring a secret brings, and the freedom that comes from shinning a light on it. Her hope is that by sharing her story, she'll let others know it's ok to be queer and a parent.

Sunjay Kumar is simply delightful. He's an avid reader - his favorite part about being a human is the innate curiosity that he just can't seem to quench. He's also concerned about the uptick in homophobia and hate crimes. His anecdote? Come together and find ways to stand in solidarity despite our differences.

Coming out wasn't particularly difficult for Sean McKenna. He risked the same thing we all risk, like losing friends and family. But he knew he had to be true to himself. It's what happened in Sean's life years later that sets his story apart. He's HIV+ and a long-term survivor.

Amy shares how she told her family that she's bisexual. It didn't seem like enough, so she turned to social media to share her news with the world. We want to hear from you! VideoOut is inspiring LGBTQ people to come out today, and building a resource for all future generations.

Patrick Andrews loves being queer. But, he hasn't always been comfortable in his sexuality. He's a preacher's kid from Amarillo, Texas. Though things weren't always easy, Patrick is a proud queer person, gently cautioning our community to refuse to let our queerness harden our hearts. He says our queerness is our magic!

Ed Barron came out in NYC in the 1970's, was diagnosed with HIV in the 1980's, was discharged from the Navy for being gay, endured countless bouts of drug addiction for 30 years, lost friends to substance abuse and AIDS, beat anal cancer, and has survived to tell his incredible story.

Steven Lowe, who goes by Steve, shares his story about coming out in college and how he later told his family. He says that telling his two best friends gave him the confidence to tell others, and "life just felt so much better for me - it was a lot lighter."

Cliff said, "Growing up I was so deep in the closet, hiding from the world and definitely from myself. When I realized I was gay, I equated it with a death sentence. I was very dramatic.

Malcolm said, "My experience participating in VideoOut was a mixture of fear and freedom. In a way it is my coming out! The feeling that came over me when the words, "this is my story" left my lips was what I would attribute to an out of body experience.

We Want To Hear From You! Please consider recording your own video and submitting it to VideoOut. Every individual experience helps us build a network of support and hope, and is a step towards a world of greater acceptance.

Sarina left Jonathan in the past, but she will not forget to acknowledge him. Now, however, she is happy living in her truth. At 16, she started telling everyone. Watch her story, and then add your own voice to VideoOut's library of coming out stories. Be a part of something powerful!

Sebastian didn't really know how to tell his parents, so he turned to Tumblr to find some answers. Sebastian's solution is one we can all feel good about, and his advice at the end of his story can't be missed.

When Danny first heard about VideoOut, he immediately thought: "I wish I had this growing up." He is 33 and grew up in Florida, was kicked out at age 20 by religious parents for being gay, and still feels that fear of abandonment in his relationships today. But all isn't hopeless. Danny is thriving!

Ruben Herrera, founder of Dysfunction Clothing, shares his story. As a peer counselor in high school, Ruben faced some impossible situations. His experiences have allowed him to be the incredible light and leader that he is today. Watch his story and then add your voice to the VideoOut library.

Ted was going to Pride Parades before they were called Pride Parades - he even remembers the cheers, some of which you can still hear in today's festivities. His story recounts some important memories from the gay community in NYC. Listen, and then add your voice to VideoOut's library of coming out stories!

Robbie has been a part of some amazing movements in the LGBTQ community, from Hungary to the United States. He's also a world-renown ballroom dancer. He is a gay man living in New York City, where he teaches gay ballroom classes and spreads joy through his art.

McKee came from a rough part of Chicago and from a turbulent home life, but that didn't stop him from becoming the fiercely fabulous and free person he knew himself to be. Listen to the way McKee explains his gender and sexuality, and then reevaluate your own assumptions. What changed?

GG, as she is called by her friends, is just about the most encouraging person you'll ever meet. She not only gives you permission to come out however you want, but she gives you an example, the email she wrote to her parents.

For Ryan, coming out is a series of events, not one singular moment in his queer journey. He shares about how coming out to friends, family, and beyond was a bit of a whirlwind. And the most important advice he can give is to do it on your own time.

To some, it may seem that Matt should have had an easy coming out experience. He has a liberal family with accepting parents. But like the rest of us, Matt had the same concerns and struggles when it came to telling his truth. There's at least one thing we hope is contagious in Matt's video: his hope for a better future. Here's to that coming true!