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EPISODE #8 | Windy’s Coming Out Story: Past, Present, and Future

Pronouns: They/Them

Outdated narratives frame “coming out” as a singular, pivotal moment in a queer person’s life where they reveal their sexuality to those around them. Windy tells a different story, of coming out in layers and spirals. Among them, the first time Windy talks to her parents about having a girlfriend, and the vastly different responses from her mother and father.

My dad’s initial reaction to my coming out teaches me that I don’t need his or anyone else’s approval to accept myself. My mom’s fearless love teaches me that I deserve to be protected by the people who love me.

Episode Notes:

This is Episode 8, Season 4 of The TMI Project Story Hour: Pride Stories featuring Windy Sharpe. Windy Sharpe (they/them) is a poet and author who has been writing since age six. Windy moved to New Jersey to be closer to their friends (one of whom is TMI alum Raine Grayson) and is nearly done with the first draft of their novel.

This episode was written collaboratively by Eva Tenuto, Blake Pfeil, and Julie Novak, produced and edited by Eva Tenuto, mixed and mastered by Stevie Manns. It was co-produced by Radio Kingston and sponsored in part by


Episode Contributors:

Blake Pfeil
Julie Novak
Eva Tenuto
Windy Sharpe

Storytelling Prompt:

Write a true story about an unpeeling of a new layer of your identity.

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