The New York Times begins a week-long multimedia series on the experiences of LGBT teenagers entitled "Coming Out': Gay Teenagers, in Their Own Words." One of the first personal stories is from John Albuquerque, a 19-year from the Bronx.
John shares his coming out story and relates the pain of feeling "alone" in a city of 8 million people. He also discusses the pain of being gay-bashed and wanting to give up. "I started thinking this is going to happen to me again and again," says the teen. "Who wants that life? If I die, things would get better."
John did not give up and recently graduated from culinary school. The teen has now begun his career as a pastry chef. Bravo.
John's voice and story is bittersweet and the photojournalism is brilliant. Listen and watch HERE.