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Seattle Pride and C89.5 FM Launch My Coming Out Story Video Booth

In advance of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11th, Seattle Out & Proud aka “Seattle Pride” and C89.5 FM have teamed up for a special project….”My Coming Out Story Video Booth”.

It’s shockingly self-explanatory.

But, we’re gonna explain it anyway.

It’s a special project to help people come out of the LGBTQ closet by hearing the wonderful/crazy/painful/hilarious coming out stories of people who have already begun that journey.

And, we all have a crazy coming out story to tell…some are painful and some are joyous and and some are flat out bananas.

There are TWO ways to participate…in person this Saturday, October 9th at Seattle Pride’s All Together Now (Oct. 9) celebration in Volunteer Park OR you can do it from the comfort of your own home via C895.org/Pride  and their online video booth.

Not sure how to make a Coming Out Video? Then watch the video embedded up above where Chloey tells their story!

More skinny:

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, community members will be invited to reflect on their coming out stories in self-recorded videos up to two minutes in length. The powerful video testimonials will be treated with sensitivity and the respect they deserve, and will be archived at C895.org/Pride and compiled for a Seattle Pride YouTube channel release on Coming Out Day to generate empathy, create new advocates — and inspire others to come out.

“As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community who also works with LGBTQIA+ kids, I know what a positive impact hearing other folks’ coming out stories has on our lives and our ability to live authentically,” said Harmony Soleil, on-air radio host at C89.5 and Nathan Hale High School’s advanced radio instructor. “I’m looking forward to learning more about our community’s experiences coming out, and I hope that it can help folks who are unsure about being ‘out’, find the courage to live as their true selves starting today.” 

The community is encouraged to submit their stories through the end of October to be shared on C895.org/Pride for its “Coming Out Month” programming. Videos that have been submitted can also be posted on social media by their originators to be shared with friends and family after they are published on Oct. 11 to Seattle Pride’s YouTube channel.

“We are so excited to be able to open the door for folks to share their stories publicly and start the conversation around the importance of coming out,” said Seattle Pride Executive Director Krystal Marx. “Whether our stories are funny or painful, boring, or exciting, it’s important for us to share our experiences with others because it holds the door open for our fellow LGBTQIA+ community members to live authentically and it creates a safer space of acceptance for us all.”

Why you should share your story

Sharing your coming out story – sometimes painful, sometimes humorous, and always important – has the ability to hold the door open and create space for others in our community to live authentically. It’s important that we share our experiences to help others find the courage they need to be their authentic selves, and to gain more acceptance and recognition among the wider community.

How to share your story

There are two ways to share your story with us – and both are super easy and will take a few minutes or less!

1. Online at C895.org/Pride in our virtual video booth. You’ll be able to self-record your own story on your computer or phone – it’s as easy as that!

2. In person at All Together Now on Oct. 9 in Volunteer Park, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Find the C89.5 booth at the event and let us know that you’d like to record your coming out story. We’ll have a private space for you to record without everyone watching.

How to find your story

The powerful video testimonials will be treated with sensitivity and the respect they deserve, and will be archived at C895.org/Pride and compiled for a Seattle Pride YouTube channel release on National Coming Out Day to generate empathy, create new advocates — and inspire others to come out. You can (and should!) share your story on your social media channels, and with family and friends after they are posted on Oct. 11th.

Want more info?

For more information, visit SeattlePride.org and follow Seattle Pride on FacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn at @SeattlePride and on Pinterest and Twitter @OurSeattlePride. And visit C895.org/Pride and follow C89.5 on Facebook and Twitter at @C895Radio

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