OK2BU Stories

1/14/2014 3:59pm
Supporters
I attended The Attic’s 20th Anniversary Gala in November and was awed by the fact that what I helped to build twenty years ago has grown into such a vital part of our community. I know firsthand the pride, confidence, responsibility, and joy that...
1/14/2014 3:55pm
Youth
Growing up, I never thought I would have to worry about whether people liked me or not. I always thought that as long as I did the right thing, things would just come naturally. I never imagined someone would treat me differently simply because I...
1/18/2013 12:57pm
Youth
When I was thirteen, I came out to my family. My grandmother, who I am very close to, didn’t like the fact that I was gay and this hurt me. This made it very difficult for me to be myself at home. I constantly struggled. School was no different. I...
1/18/2013 12:56pm
Youth
In 2012, I had a really bad year at school.  It was my 9thgrade year and I had just started at a new high school.  I had come out as a lesbian in middle school, and now I had to come out to all new people at my high school.  Also, I...
8/8/2012 12:31pm
Youth
I first became aware of my sexual identity when I was in high school.  At the time, I was not open about it and did not know how to express it.  It was very hard for me to accept myself because throughout my life, I had only heard negative...
6/8/2012 12:34pm
Youth
I came out as a lesbian during my senior year of high school. It was difficult, but I had a few close friends who I could count on.  However, a few months later, most of my close friends moved away. I was still struggling with my identity, and...
9/21/2011 1:27pm
Youth
  I had my first crush on a girl in elementary school. I would do everything she would do. When she joined the basketball team, I joined. When she was in a play, I was also. At a young age, I didn't understand the feelings I had for her, but I...
9/21/2011 1:22pm
Youth
  When I was ten years old — an age where many kids are happy — I was often sad and fearful.  At this age, I first realized that I was attracted to other boys.  I spent many nights in tears.  Other kids used to make fun of me,...