Stories of Acceptance

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Ada & Norma
Ada & Norma

My sister and I married two brothers. Later on she split up with her husband and told the family she was a lesbian. She picked Thanksgiving dinner to share this information, so while we…

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Amy, Khary & Eli
Amy, Khari, & Eli

Amy: I have worked in the community for a really long time.  Right now I am the director of an alternative high school. We are part of a larger organization that has always fought…

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Aretha, Glenda & Kim
Aretha, Glenda, & Kim

Aretha: Kim is just one of those people you just want to know. He came into The Black Health Coalition where I worked, and you just knew he was fun, he was cheerful, he…

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Ashley & Erin
Ashley & Erin

Erin and I are fraternal twins, but people say we’re like day and night. We went to different colleges and I remember coming home late one night. I saw this rainbow ribbon on her…

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Aurty & Joyce
Autry Fay & Joyce

When Joyce first told me she was gay, back in 1982, she was crying. I think maybe she was afraid that I would change towards her if I knew. But that’s my child. I…

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Barbara & Rachel
Barbara Federlin

When my daughter first came out to my parents, my mother’s response was, “Well, maybe sometimes it’s easier to live with a woman than a man.” My father asked a bunch of questions. He…

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Becca & Kevon
Becca & Kevon

I have been friends with Kevon for 11 years, so since the 7th grade. Back then we “dated,” which consisted of holding hands. We stayed good friends, and in the 10th grade he told me…

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Bradena & Ray
Bradena & Ray

When I was about 16, I moved in with my father and my uncle. My uncle was gay and was also diagnosed with AIDS, so we helped take care of him. I didn’t really…

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Cameo, Pat, & Ciera

From the beginning, Ciera was a tomboy. She liked army men, cars, and skateboarding. As her mom, I had wanted a girly girl I could dress up, but she wasn’t comfortable like that. I…

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Carol & David

When I was first asked to contribute a statement to Acceptance Journeys, all I could say was, I wish my son David was still alive so that I could take a picture with him…

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Cathy & Dan

I’m a social worker by training, and have been working in social work for my entire adult career.  When I came to work at Pathfinders eight years ago I kept hearing people talk about…

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Chavon & Josh
Chavon & Josh

We were pretty typical siblings when we were younger, with sibling rivalries and little disputes.  Now we have our times where we disagree, but we are pretty good at accepting each other for who…

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