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SAGE Story: Linda
SAGE Wilmington of the Cape Fear Coast, North Carolina

Linda talks about encountering homophobia in North Carolina after moving back home with her partner and how she became involved in social justice and equality.

SAGE Story: Lynette
SAGE Wilmington of the Cape Fear Coast, North Carolina

Lynette talks about the murder of her friend Talana, a lesbian who wasn't allowed a burial in any of the local churches, and how her death spurred her to come out of the closet and become a local activist.

SAGE Story: Sherry
SAGE Wilmington of the Cape Fear Coast, North Carolina

Sherry talks about always being attracted to girls, but having to marry a man because of society's expectations. Eventually, she was able to come out and find herself.

SAGE Story: Sonja
Charlotte, North Carolina

Sonja tells us how she developed her first relationship with a woman and how after she shared her relationship status, feared for her life and that of her partner.

SAGE Story: Mona
Charlotte, North Carolina

Mona knew at a very young age that she liked girls and after a teacher admonished her, she realized that it was “wrong” and hid her attraction. She eventually married a man, which she later divorced, and eventually managed to come out slowly, despite her fear of rejection.

SAGE Story: Alan
Charlotte, North Carolina

Alan shares how he knew he was a homosexual, but his family and society pressures caused him to supress himself for years. At the age of 35 he finally came out after telling a friend how lonely and empty his life felt.

SAGE Story: Les G.
SAGE Raleigh, North Carolina

Les G. (63) shares how the ending of a relationship led him to feel isolated and alone until he decided to change his life and continue to go out and meet people. 

SAGE Story: Harry
SAGE Raleigh, North Carolina

Harry tells us when he realized he was gay in college and the anxiety and self-loathing it caused him. After a visit to the campus psychiatrist, he buried his feelings and ended up married with a family. 50 years later, he was finally able to come out and feel more comfortable with his sexuality and found a community who accepted him.

SAGE Story: Lorraine
SAGE Raleigh, North Carolina

Lorraine (51) shares her story about being a bisexual and feeling marginalized in the LGBT community.

SAGE Story: Rachael
SAGE Raleigh, North Carolina

Rachael (73) tells us how she struggled growing up with the desire to dress as a female and eventually decided to make the change to transition. Her story is that of her relationship with her family and how it is strained because of her being transgender.


SAGE Story: Les S.
SAGE Raleigh, North Carolina

Les (54) shares how he is both gay and part of a strong religious community that has helped him feel less isolated in his life.

SAGE Story: Glen
SAGE Raleigh, North Carolina

Although he had known he was gay since he could remember, it wasn’t until after he married his female best friend and had three children that Glen (56) came out to his colleagues at his medical practice. Right after coming out to his co-worker, Glen finds himself in the office of his boss, whom he has heard use an anti-gay slur, and his boss is asking him, “What’s going on? Why are you so nervous?”  

SAGE Story: Thom
SAGE Raleigh, North Carolina

Thom (71) learned that his uncle, a well-regarded professor and fellow veteran, was gay when Thom was 60 and his uncle was 80. Thom recalls that his uncle was fascinated by the idea that the day might come when gays could serve openly in the military.   

Years later, when his uncle was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Thom arranged for 24-hour care. Thom always disclosed to the caretakers that both he and his uncle were gay and eight years passed without incident, that is until one caregiver decided that Thom’s uncle was “in jeopardy of his salvation.” What Thom learned in the investigation that followed is a harrowing example of how the people who care for our LGBT elders can do great harm and, conversely, how loving and accepting caregivers can save a man’s life. 

Barbara Genton from SAGE Upstate New York
Syracuse, New York

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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