I started flirting with her prior to really knowing she was attracted to women.

I don’t remember having any assumptions about her sexuality, but I figured she may fall on the spectrum given that she worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. We always had all these awkward run-ins at work. I saw her as a really smart and experienced seasoned clinician. I was just starting off in this career, so I felt intimidated. I surprised myself because I did not stop pursuing her.

Sharing our story opened our eyes to realize that we can inspire others in ways we never thought we would.

The positive outpour we received from our posting on Pantsuit Nation has reignited our positivity in humanity since the election. We didn't realize how important the statement we made was to people like us. When you are living your everyday life, you don't recognize that you can serve as an inspiration to other people. Sharing our story really opened our eyes to realize that we can inspire others. I had a girl reach out to me expressing she was in the same boat as I was. Her family, who are Trump supporters, rejected her when she came out as a lesbian. Our story helped reignite her drive of knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

I'm a father of five, grandpa of two, and mother of many.

Someone once told me they needed an event where people in the community can learn from one another. They were looking for a way to bridge LGBT issues and information, talent, community, and art. From religion to politics, and fashion to music, there was a need for a place where everyone could come under one umbrella and be affirmed. Black, white, straight, gay...everybody. Pain has no color, no race, or no orientation. When we come together and share that bond, and we find the light in each other. The Ask Rayceen Show in DC creates that space.

I was married to a guy, and I recently realized I was settling and not being true to myself.

When I was younger I knew I was attracted to women. My family was very against that, and that was not what was expected of me. I'm separated from a man now, and we are still going through a divorce. I told my parents I was not going to be dating men anymore, and they were caught off guard since I had been married to a man. My family thought it was a phase. A phase is 6 months, I've had these feelings since Jr. High. Within the last 8 months, I've seen a huge change. I don't get anymore snarky remarks. My family and friends were really religious. It was not okay to be gay in the bible, so they were not accepting.

I’ve known I was gay since I was 5 years old, and I never felt that being gay was something that I needed to justify, so I never actually came out.

There is only one side of "gay" being shown to the world through parting and drinking. We are just as worried about saving for retirement, and buying a house, or paying tuition for our children. The LGBT people of the past were not fighting for the right for us to party, they were fighting for the right for us to live.

Our LGBT Wedding Expo is a safe space to express your love.

"Say I Do LGBT Wedding Expo is a safe space to express your love. It feels like family. No matter the different background, and different cultures, everyone is just here to express love. Being in a room where people encourage your love story is the greatest gift. This expo gives people more confidence to express their story. Now is a great time for the community, and everyone is loud out and proud. We are an LGBT Wedding Expo, but we are straight friendly. It’s a place where you can understand how to love other people better."