Η αίσθηση της ελευθερίας και αυτό το μοναδικό συναίσθημα του να σπας τους κανόνες και να αποδεσμεύεσαι από νόρμες συμμετέχοντας σε κάτι απίστευτα δυναμικό ήταν το κίνητρο που οδήγησε στην ίδρυση του thetravelinbum. Ο 24χρονος εμπνευστής του επιτυχημένου λογαριασμού του Instagram πάλευε με την σεξουαλικότητά του και αποφάσισε να μετατρέψει την συναισθηματικά φορτισμένη στιγμή της "αποκάλυψης" της σεξουαλικής ταυτότητας σε μια θεραπευτική και εμπνευσμένη διαδικασία που γιορτάζει το γυμνό σώμα. Τον ακολούθησαν πολλά μέλη της LGBT κοινότητας που εμπνέουν με τις ιστορίες τους (και τα υπέροχα οπίσθιά τους). Ρίξτε μια ματιά...
I'm about to turn 30 and finding that reality is a bit tougher to deal with than I would've expected. I wanted to treat myself and had never been to Asia before but I was having a hard time finding a friend whose schedule matched mine. I ended up booking the flights with a friend who's my absolute polar opposite. 3 weeks in a foreign continent together seemed scary, but, as he phrased it in the end, there's no friendship between two people that are so different they can't find things in common, or so alike they can't teach each other something different. I learned to not be so serious and deep about everything and that whatever's meant to be will be.
Being a teenager is hard enough without the added pressure of feeling like you're different to the other guys at school but not sure why. I came out when I started drama college when I was 19 and realised I was somewhere I could be who I wanted to be. Although I am always still always learning that it's not 'fitting in' that should be the goal, but embracing what makes me different and knowing that that is more than enough. Here I am with two beautiful friends embracing what our mama's gave us!
My name is Stephen, and I live in El Paso, TX. I grew up dirt poor and in an abusive household. At 18 I finally ran. It was so hard, I was just a small town boy from Ohio and I had no idea what I was doing. I was homeless briefly at 19 but I never gave up, and never stopped dreaming. At 25, I'm still not where I want to be in life, but I'm a hell of a lot better off then where I was. Hard work, determination, and kindness are key.
For 21 years I lived a normal but "straight" life. I am no different than I am today other then the fact I now share my life and live with people in the most honest and pure way. I am a 26 year old gay man and I leave no shame or fear of loving who I want. Coming out wasn't a choice for me but just the next chapter in my life that needed to be done. It was invigorating to finally live the life I was meant to live and hide behind the facade of a straight life I had constructed.
I first came out to my best friend in high school. I was dying to tell someone, as hiding who you are eats you apart inside. I had been fooling around with another friend on the down low. I mistakenly told my best friend about my little trysts and was ultimately beat up by the very boy I had fallen for. Trust did not come lightly for me after that. That was a long time ago now and I have changed so much.
As I walk down this road called life I often find myself lost. When that happens I second guess every decision I made whether I should have said, done, or reacted that way. When you think of this crazy concept called fate, do we actually have control of our lives? Or is this all predetermined to make us a stronger person? Living in a city that never sleeps I find myself awake at night analyzing all the decisions I have made in my life. Sometimes I think so hard it makes me feel like I am crazy. The one constant I have always managed to maintain is my friendship with people. Living in New York you find that most people look for some kind of value in order to befriend you. However you guys have made it feel effortless. Happy National friendship day.
"I first came out to my parents right after I graduated high school. Since then I have been slowly coming out to more family and friends. I recently put a coming out post up on my Instagram, and was amazed by how supportive everyone was. There were of course some people that weren't, but it has been a huge step for me on my journey to self acceptance nonetheless. I encourage all of you to keep striving to love yourself for who you are, and surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. "
Today we live in a world where we get caught up in the delusion that "everyone has their shit together more than me" on social media, like Instagram and Facebook - from watching long lasting relationships turn to engagements, apartment renters buying their first home, or even the dumbest kid from college getting a better job than you. Remember that no 2 journeys are comparable. What might fit for someone else doesn't mean its not a fit for you as well, its just not the right time. Wait for your time and laugh at the confusion down the road. I created this blog on a limb and have enjoyed watching it grow because of all of you. I hope these posts give you some insight and motivation on a daily basis, just like you all give to me... and yes I freaked out taking this picture 🤦🏽♀️🐍
Hey! I'm @claudedee! My coming out story was New Year's Eve of 2010 in the Philippines. My brother called me "bakla", gay in Tagalog in front of friends and family during dinner. My dad got so upset he was about to punch my brother until my bro told him "it's true" I'll show you proof. He went to my room and grabbed letters from an ex lover and showed my dad. My dad was so disappointed and he told me "you're so handsome. Why are you gay?" In my mind I said "If I'm ugly? It would have been okay?" It was hard and a lot to process without the support of my family. After surviving the worst dinner of my life and fast forward to 2017, I am grateful my family loves me for who I am, I get to travel the world, and I have grown to learn how fortunate I am to live in the United States where I have the privilege to be myself.
My name is Tim and I'm from Australia. The beach has always been an escape for me ! Growing up in a world where I felt like I didn't fit in wasn't always easy but the beach for me is my place of peace, happiness & positivity. I really do believe that the greatest accomplishment in life is being yourself in a world that's trying to make you like everyone else. Be proud of your differences and the things that make you unique ! Also I think it's important to follow your heart and intuition. My heart always leads me back to the beach ❤️😂🐳❤️😂🐳❤️😂🐳❤️😂🐳❤️😂🐳
The night of my 21st birthday I came home to a scavenger hunt that my roommate laid out for me that concluded in a note. The note ended with, "Last night I wanted to kiss you... Cheers to the future." I was paralyzed with fear, anxiety, and an overwhelming joy. I was not out yet but I had a crush on him all summer. It took 2 days, 1 sunrise on the roof, and some liquid courage before we kissed. After we had our first kiss, he held me while my body shook -- I was so resistant to giving myself up to love and accepting my queerness that I had a physical reaction. This month I turn 25 and in September, we are getting married. Never be afraid to open yourself up to love And to my soon-to-be, cheers to the future!
I grew up in Texas in a world where I didn't see a place for who I was. I couldn't imagine that being gay would ever be accepted by anyone I knew. I left Texas to move half way across the world before I had the courage to come out to my family and friends. When I finally did I realized I had been wrong the whole time. It made little difference to anyone who I loved, they all loved me just the same. Be proud of who you are. Don't live in fear.
When I met my boyfriend I did not want to hide anymore of myself. I did not want to hide whom I love. I did not want to hide that I love a man. I did not want to feel ashame for loving a man. Cause love and beeing loved is a great thing that you should just be happy to be able to do so. So i started by telling my best friend who was not really surprised. So I continued with my sister and my two brothers who were a little weird but not bad at all. It was just unformiliar to talk with them about loving someone. Having them know that I have sex with a man. As we would never really speak about any kind of sex very open in our family. I continued with my mum. She was sad (probably cause she thought she would get grandchildren out of me) and did not really believe it at first. But now she got used to the idea and really likes my boyfriend now. My biggest surprise was my father who did not feel weird at at all. Just as if it was just a thing you would not make a big deal about it. After telling my closest people I had no problem to tell people that I was gay or have a boyfriend. I am very lucky that most of the times I had good reactions of people that just learned that I was gay :)
Coming out in Norway was shocking - in a good way. I came out at 20 years old and thought people would be judgmental and short-sighted. It was incredible to see that people really didn't think it was I big deal, and to see both family and friends being so supportive. It's not like that everywhere in the world, and I count myself lucky to live in one of the most liberal and inclusive countries on this planet. Come to the north, jump for joy, be yourself and buns out!🇳🇴
I came out fully to myself the summer before sophomore year of college, although I knew I liked guys long before that. I was raised Catholic, and on some level am still religious, but as a kid, it was difficult to acknowledge my same sex attractions. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that God made me the way I am (which is fabulous), and told my family. My dad took it well, but my mom needed some time. However, they're both my biggest supporters and couldn't be more proud and happy for me. That photo was taken at Bouquet Falls in Santa Clarita. I discovered it almost by accident after giving up looking for ANOTHER waterfall.
@jonnystaub This view is from a hike outside of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada called "Tunnel Bluffs". It looks out into the waters of Lions Bay and surrounding islands off the coast. It takes a Lion's amount of stamina and courage to climb the 4 hours to get to the top. When my buddy Nic called me on a random Sunday and asked if I wanted to do it I initially said NO. But then I thought about all the things in life that seemed hard & challenging and thought "Fuck it! I can do this". Packed up a few beers, a sandwich to split and up we went. The views were incredible, some of the most picturesque mountains I've ever seen. As the sun started to set on this panoramic vista, I dropped my pants and hollered at him to take a picture. Big butt for a big mountain top! "Although I deeply love oceans, deserts and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty. They keep me continuously wanting to know more, feel more, see more." -Victoria Erickson Follow me around for the day on @thetravelinbum story
"Coming out was a positive experience for me. I think it's why I feel so free to be who I am wherever I am which is why I enjoy being nude and getting my bum out in nature. The first person I came out to was my oldest sister. She was very trendy (at the time) and was very open-minded. She told me she knew it wouldn't be easy to have to tell people who you are all the time but she was confident people would accept me. I came out to my mother a year later, on Gay Pride by drunk calling her. I don't remember the conversation but I will never forget the next morning. I woke up to my mother sitting beside me and I was dying of a hangover. She asked "are ye alright? Do you remember calling me last night?". It took me a few seconds but when I remembered the conversation I suddenly felt a bigger hangover... She told me she told all my sister's and my dad and not to worry. I felt so loved and accepted but the hangover was fierce so it took me a few hours to show my face. Later that day my dad came to give me a hug and throughout the day my sister's too. I know it's not the same for everyone and I feel so grateful for my experience but I hope for one day where telling people who you are attracted to is not how it is for us now"
Over the years I've been learning a lot about myself as a person. I recently moved from NYC to Cape Town and here is a few things I've learned thus far; Never give up Never settle for less Never doubt yourself Always believe in yourself Always remain confident Always follow your heart Never look back, stay true to you, always. Keep up with me as I takeover the Travelin Bum's instagram for the day! 📸: @Frapio_photo
"My partner and I went to Belize for couple of weeks. We have been together for two years now. We found this amazing water fall in a remote location, he jumped in the water because here was no one around. He dared me to get naked too . Took a long time to convince me . he knows that I'm a bit shy in public areas... but "there's no one around" ... he was right. left the camera behind and made sure I saved this moment. 20 minutes later 3 families showed up, we were still naked swimming quickly to retrieve our underwear" 😂
Coming out for me came from an accidental Facebook post. But throughout college I've realized who I am is not an accident. I learned so much about myself throughout the past four years and I could not have done it without my best friends and their unconditional love and support. Coming out is a big process and I'm still at the beginning of my journey with a little bit left to go. For all of you who are hesitant and haven't quite started your journey yet just known that this was a blessing in disguise and that this post was definitely no accident. I say goodbye to a place that will forever be home and is a huge part of my life, but I also say hello to the next step in my journey.
Happy Pride month🏳️🌈! It's a month that works towards a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. For the next month starting tomorrow we will be featuring a new coming out story everyday for the month of June! We want to celebrate our diverse community, if you are interested in coming out or sharing your story please email me :) looking forward to talking to you all ❤️💛💚💙💜
"Hey guys, my name is Paavali and I’m from Finland. I became first aware that I was attracted to guys when I saw Zac Efron in High School Musical when I was 10. It took me 6 years to accept myself but it wasn’t until the age of 18 when I first came out during my first semester of college at Emory in the United States. My coming out has been more of a process than a single event. I first told my close friends and a year later to my mom over FaceTime from my college dorm. Surprisingly for me, my mom needed some time to process that I was gay. Over the past few years she has come to terms with my sexuality. Even though my family doesn’t vocalize it frequently, they have made it perfectly clear that they love me regardless of who I’m attracted to. Life is a journey and coming out is a journey as well. There’s no one way or a correct way of doing it. At the end of the day, staying true to yourself is the most important skill you can give to the world."
Hey Guys, my names Samir and I'm 28 from London. So here's my coming out story...I had already come out to my friends while I was at dance college after turning 17, I'd played the straight card and had even kissed a few girls to make it look believable although I knew they all knew I was gay so that was the easy part. Telling my family was another thing. I was raised Muslim as my Dads family are all from Pakistan, my Mum (British) converted to Islam when they got married, and I mean don't get me wrong they aren't pray 5 times a day super strict muslims, but we went to the mosque during Ramadan, don't eat pork etc so needless to say I was shitting myself. I came out to my Mum first, I was dating a guy at the time and he had gotten me a Valentine's Day gift (aw cute) and I purposefully left the present and card out in my room, knowing my nosey mother would look at it. She did and when she confronted me, we were in the car and she said 'so I found your valentines gift...from Steve' I turned to her and said "I thought you would have, so!?" Her response ' so does this mean?...' I said "yes Mum I'm gay." She took a while to say anything so I asked her if she knew already as most of my friends told me mothers always know so I thought she did. I was wrong she replied saying 'I summised but I wasn't sure...but it's fine I love you. Let me tell your Dad' They both went on holiday a few days after and when they got back she told me that she had told my Dad, although he had been acting completley normal with me. To this day he has never said anything negative about it, he's met ex boyfriends and they even were allowed to stay over a few times before I moved out. They both have been absolutely amazing, so supportive and loving. My Dad even cracks a few bad jokes about my taste in men! I mean I'm not complaining I was honestly expecting to be disowned 😂🙈
Hi guys, My Name is Jadson from Brazil but Im living in Germany. My coming out story was good, One day I told my mom that I was Gay and She said Nothing, Absolutely Nothing and I didnt know if I did the right decision or not, but 1 year later I was thinking about and I did the right decision . After that I didnt care what the other people said about me. The important people in my life accept me, and anyone else ✌🏼
I am from a little village in France and for me, it was not an option to be gay. I tried with girls. Obviously it was a not great. Then I moved to Sydney in Australia where I had to realise I was not straight. Here in Sydney, being gay is absolutely fine. I met the right people and came out when I was 28. It was such a relief for me to tell my mum and my sister. I took me a long time to find myself but I don't have any regrets.
I come from a religious immigrant family so being gay wasn't really an option. Coming out to mum and dad was always going to be hard. The night I did, there were a lot of tears but one laugh I now get out of it, over 11 years later, is how my mum said 'I knew I should've never let you watch Will and Grace!!!' I told her THAT isn't why I'm gay. Also, that DVD box set belonged to my brother not me... but cut to 5 years later and my brother came out. #gaybros