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09.05.2015
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SAGE Story: Jeanne, 73
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Jeanne talks about her transition out of the convent and into a marriage with her partner of 18 years. This video was created by our SAGE Raleigh affiliate.


SAGE Story: Timothy Pool
Charlotte, NC
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Timothy (50) explains how he tackled substance abuse in the midst of ridicule from society regarding his sexual identity. This story comes from The Freedom Center for Social Justice.


SAGE Story: Chrissie, 64
Pittsburgh, PA
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Chrissie (64) worked for nearly 35 for a global accounting firm. It was only in the final 6 years at her job that she found a more welcoming environment after workplace policies and support systems were improved. This story was collected from a program from the Western Pennsylvania SAGE at PERSAD CENTER.


SAGE Story: Dave, 69
Pittsburgh, PA
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Dave had a career in education where he feared that being outed could jeopardize his job. The acceptance and support of friends, family and his church gave him comfort. This video is from our affiliate, SAGE Western Pennsylvania at the Persad Center.


SAGE Story: Paul, 70
Philadelphia, PA
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Paul shares his story about being fired from two separate jobs in the medical field because he is gay.


SAGE Story: Stephen, 72
Philadelphia, PA
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Stephen tells his story about joining the Navy and having to hide his sexuality. He was able to come out in San Diego, and shares how the world has changed since Don't Ask, Don't Tell.


SAGE Story: Earl, 64
Wilmington, NC
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Earl describes his community activism as a "discrimination buster", which began as a response to bullying during his childhood, but has since become a personal calling that has been rewarding to him. This video is from our SAGE Wilmington affiliate. 


SAGE Story: John, 73
Philadelphia, PA
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John shares his story about how his gay identity influenced his decision to work in the early computer field and how he still had to hide being gay in order not to be fired.


SAGE Story: Dick, 70
Pittsburgh, PA
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Dick (70) shares the lasting emotional impact of family discrimination at a sensitive time. This video is from our affiliate, SAGE Western Pennsylvania at the Persad Center.


SAGE Story: J, 60
Raleigh, North Carolina
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J, a gender con-conforming person, talks about being part of a church panel devoted to discussing faith, and how it might relate to the transgender experience. Within a short period of time J stirs up emotions from those attending, bordering on the threatening, while trying to explain their gender identity. This video was created by our SAGE Raleigh affiliate.


SAGE Story: John, 52
Wilmington, NC
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John remembers the social reinforcement of invisibility that marked his coming out experience in the South, contrasted with the commitment to activism that is the norm for his current life on the Wilmington Cape Fear Coast. This video is from our SAGE Wilmington affiliate.


SAGE Story: Kenny, 75
Raleigh, NC
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Due to the fact Kenny did not want to appear on camera, this story is a narration with a photograph. Kenny relates how he was belittled by a superior at work because he was gay, and what he perceives to be the cause. This video was created by our SAGE Raleigh affiliate,


SAGE Story: John, 79
Raleigh, NC
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Due to the fact that John did not want to be on video, this piece features a photograph of John and a narration. He relates his journey in the military as a closeted gay man, and how much things have changed, especially after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell.” This piece was created by our SAGE Raleigh affiliate.


SAGE Story: Jeanne, 73
Wilmington, NC
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Jeanne talks about how different it is living in North Carolina compared to her former home in Connecticut. “I am not anywhere near as out as I used to be.” This video is from our SAGE Wilmington affiliate. 


SAGE Story: Ann (60) and Carol (71)
Wilmington, NC
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Six years ago Ann and Carol celebrated their 20th anniversary by getting married at Niagara Falls. Despite being nervous about going to the courthouse they found that Canadians were very welcome. Ann was moved by the “opportunity” to be married and she wanted to be able to tell her grandkids that they took advantage of that forward moving opportunity. “We didn’t waste any time getting that done!” Thinking that marriage equality would not arrive in their lifetimes, Ann and Carol were surprised to see marriage quality arrive in North Carolina. This video is from our SAGE Wilmington affiliate.


SAGE Story: Alana, 64
Wilmington, NC
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Alana shares the rewards and challenges of leaving the San Francisco Bay area, where she and her partner Sande were among the pioneers of LGBT human rights advocacy in organizations like the Lyon Martin Women's Clinic, as they embrace the needs and resources of the Wilmington Cape Fear Coast. This video is from our SAGE Wilmington affiliate.


SAGE Story: Bob, 79
Wilmington, NC
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Bob describes how, “after living quietly” he and others began to organize and advocate in response to local churches rejected members of the LGBT community. This video is from our SAGE Wilmington affiliate.


SAGE Story: Ed (54) and Jeff (60)
Wilmington, NC
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Ed and Jeff met 23 year ago at a dance party. Both HIV+, they moved from San Francisco to Wilmingtonto retire close to family and for the beaches. After learning that a local church planned to ban LGBT people and people with LGBT family members, they sprang into action—picketing the church and becoming involved in the activist community. This video is from our SAGE Wilmington affiliate.


SAGE Story: Dawn Flynn
Charlotte, NC
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Dawn (65) re-lives her transition into womanhood, and the challenges she faced in the workplace. This story comes to SAGE from the The Freedom Center for Social Justice.


Barbara Genton from SAGE Upstate New York
Syracuse, New York
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Barbara Genton from SAGE Upstate New York talks about coming out of the closet after being diagnosed with breast cancer and how she is now an activist.


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