"She's the only person that treated me like I was me."
"I didn't know how to ask for a friendship."
"I’ve buried over forty people in my family’s cemetery..."
"In high school when I first started wearing make-up, my family didn't notice."
"I was the preacher's wife..."
"I see a group of boys walking towards me, and I knew something was going to happen."
"I said, 'This is not telephone discussion.'"
"It was the first time I met openly gay people."
"When I saw him coming, I ducked around the hall and hid from him."
"People thought I was such a good friend."
"I don't know how many I sent home..."
"I'm so thankful for everything you've done."
"Ever since I was 10, I knew that I needed to be a dad."
"You feel like being gay is like a virus."
"I got a reputation as the straightest guy around."
"I went as macho as I could be to mask what I was underneath. "
"What are some of your dreams?"
"He dropped me off in the middle of the night with a $5 bill."
"The lights went up, the music went off, and you could hear a pin drop."
"I received a letter in the mail from the Boy Scouts..."
"I was looking at everyone else, going, 'Why aren't we like that?'"
"You said that you were in the wrong body, that you should be a man."
"At my house, only one person got the mail, and that was my mother."
"I've lived with this for so long."
"I was very strict because I was afraid kids would discover I was gay."
"The only way that I could see out of that situation was to take my life."
"It was a really wonderful, amazing world that came crashing down."
"EMTs arrived within minutes..."
"A Staff Sergeant went through my cell phone and saw some of the text messages that I had to my boyfriend."
"When did you and Dad decide to adopt?"
"There was this hole that I had all of my life."
"I just felt I was not living an honest life."
"I wanted to ask you about a bonding moment you had..."
"The announcer was saying all these untrue things about gay and lesbian people..."
"When I was 10, I told my parents I was going to marry a man."
"It wasn't love at first sight, but there was some kind of a recognition."
"What do you think the differences are in the way you grew up and the way I grew up?"
"Do you remember when we were 19, totally in love, and couldn't tell anyone?"
"I remember wishing I would wake up a boy."
"She had this alter-ego that was Mrs. Wiffinpoofle..."
"I never knew how people were going to respond when I said Tom died of AIDS."
"Even though I was very comfortable living and presenting as a woman, there was still part of me that felt like I was hiding."
"I think I might want to be straight with a nice husband, but, of course, I don't have any idea what it's like to have kids, 'cause I am a kid myself."