Coming Out Across Cultural Barriers

Mark Ro Beyersdorf In the first days of 2009, I joined the herds of former Obama campaign staffers descending on Washington, D.C., as the city buzzed in preparation for his inauguration. I was a few days into a new job on Capitol Hill when an email from my father caught me off guard one morning

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My Story As a Parent

Harold Kameya I was born in 1940 on the island of Maui. The population was very small at that time, perhaps only 30,000. My early days as a child were spent on a farm, and hard work by my parents, aunts and uncles was the norm. Life seemed to be simple and uncomplicated. After graduation from high school,

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A Mother’s Story of Acceptance

Carol Mannion I am a proud Filipina-American mom of a gay son. As I write this, it has been a year and half since my son came out at the age of 28. This short story marks an exciting chapter in my life. In order for the reader to understand the beautiful relationship I have

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Our Families: LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander Stories

From a series of videos produced by Our Families that highlight the trials of triumphs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color. Our Families is a community education campaign that raises the visibility of LGBT people of color. In this video Asian and Pacific Islander families share with us their personal experiences. To

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An Ally’s Perspective

Susan Xing I was raised to believe that I could be nothing but “normal.” No, normal did not mean average. “Normal” for my Asian parents’ high standards meant model behavior, straight A’s, and filial duty. All loud giggles and strange faces made in public were constituted as “weird” behavior and consequentially corrected. I still developed

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Finding Touch

Noel Alumit “Will the parents of a boy wearing brown corduroy pants and a blue vest come to the entrance.” I’m three.  I’m lost. “Will the parents of a boy wearing jeans and a striped shirt come to the main register.” I get lost a lot.  At the zoo, the department stores, parks, museums, the

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Acceptance

Hertz Alegrio Acceptance, however much it is needed, is often most feared by those who possess qualities deemed “unacceptable” by society. I thought my only option was trying to hide those unfit qualities from the world and myself so I could feel accepted in a culture that rewards conformity. I learned quickly as a child

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