“Follow your dreams.”

Something I learned while listening to my mother talk... she’s only human. She did her best and I have to remember that. Hearing her talk about her dreams and how she wishes she followed through with them, inspires me to...

Harlette’s Coming Out Story

Harlette is a 16 year old girl who comes out December 19th 2016. She shares her struggles and optimistic thoughts with her coming out story. Harlette shares her experiences with people she encounters and how she found out the way...

Brian Bender and Lisa Terwilliger

One Small Step conversation partners Lisa Terwilliger (53) and Brian Bender (47) discuss religion and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christine Eddington and Roy Diehl

One Small Step conversation partners Roy Earl Diehl II (50) and Christine Eddington (55) discuss their journey to political consciousness, the importance of finding common ground, the role of conflict in social change, and the responsibility to challenge our own...

Sharon Gonsalves and Estelle Gonsalves

Sharon Gonsalves (61) shares a conversation with her mother, Estelle Gonsalves (86), about coming out, being accepted, and walking the NYC Pride Parade together.

Rachel Rectenwald and Steve Whyte

In their One Small Step conversation, Rachel Rectenwald (42) and Steve Whyte [no age given] talk about how they see the role of politicians, as well as how they responded to the Black Lives Matter protests this summer.

The story of an Activist and a Hippie

This is my StoryCorp of me and my grandma. We discussed her involvement in the Hippie Movement and I also came out being gay to her.

Charlie Szur and Michaela Brenner

turning one of our many facetime chats into an interview where i ask Charlie about his childhood, his college experience, and what it means to go home to an unaccepting culture.

Tina Stalion and Brad Palmertree

Brad A. Palmertree (29) interviews his mother Tina Stalion (52) about her motherhood experience and what his coming out experience was like for her.

Kathleen "River" Artz-Iffland and Margaret DeRitter

Kathleen "River" Artz-Iffland (63) talks with friend, Margaret DeRitter (58), about her role as an out lesbian in Kalamazoo, her work to strengthen the lesbian community, and the family she created with her partner of 35 years.

Corey Harvard and Lisa Harvard

Corey Harvard (36) speaks to his mom, Lisa Harvard (61), about their relationship. Corey expresses gratitude to Lisa for the love she instilled in him throughout his childhood, giving him a family built on trust and respect. They discuss how...

Julia Barden and Shelli Fowler

One Small Step conversation partners Julia Torres Barden (61) and Shelli Fowler (62) discuss formative moments in their political identities, the precarious nature of the current political moment, and what constitutes an effective strategy for social change.

Coming out

I interviewed my friend Matthew Rosales on his coming out story. I never heard of his experience before and he has never really talked about it so I thought it was a good idea for this assignment.