All the World’s ‘A-Gray’ Stage

Hazel, 19, female, United States “Are you okay with kissing?” our script writer asked. All of us nodded. I could handle a bit of kissing, right? “Good! I’ll see you all tomorrow!” Our college was doing its annual 24 hour theatre project, where a writer would spend 12 hours writing a 10 minute play and…

Outed to my Mom

Zaiya, 16, United States. My brother didn’t mean any harm. He didn’t think he was doing wrong. He still doesn’t and if I brought it up with him he’d probably dodge the subject. When my brother outed me to my mom it was just another thing. I had been preparing to come out to her…

How I Came to Know What I Am

Svar, genderfluid, United States. I used to think I was just a prudish straight girl. I used think I was just really messed up and not meant for any kind of intimacy with anyone (quite frankly, I still feel this way sometimes). While others around me were going through puberty and swooning over celebrities’ bodies,…

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To Adulthood

Luna, 20, United States. My parents are very open-minded people who had an incredibly liberal outlook on how to raise children. I was educated in the parts of the male and female body and how babies were made from a very early age, along with the typical reading and writing. I feel that it is…

Mandy’s Story

Mandy, female, 19, Australia. My story starts back in early high school, around the age of 14. This was when I began to realise that my fellow female friends were getting interested in boys. I also developed my first crush on a guy. I was (and still am) a shy person, so revealing this crush…

My Ascent Into Queerness

Kayla, female, 20, United States. I never really cared about dating when I was younger. I was literally the only person in the sixth grade at my elementary school who still thought kissing was gross. And I kept that mentality until ninth grade (though in the seventh grade I agreed to be someone’s girlfriend, but…

Zeke’s Story

Zeke, male, 23, United States. I think I had known I was asexual since before I had hit puberty, even though I did not have a word for what I was until I was well into my freshman year of college. It was during my time at university that I also came to realize I…

How I Met My Boyfriend

Siggy, 25, United States. In my last year of college, I discovered queer student groups. It was over too soon. And then when I went to grad school, I discovered that many queer groups are not like the undergrad groups. People don’t go to these groups to learn more about social justice, or queerness. They…

chuckylover911’s Story

chuckylover911, female, 16, United States. Some might find it strange, but I found out about asexuality through fanfiction. I remember reading the brief summary of this particular story where it stated one of the characters as being asexual. I’m going to be honest here and say that the story didn’t exactly intrigue me, and so…