Coming Out Story & NewFest LGBT Film Festival

This past Tuesday was national Coming Out Day for the LGBTQ community.  So, I figured that I would not only tell you my coming out story but also tell you about a wonderful documentary that’s premiering next week at NewFest – one of New York’s best LGBT Film Festivals.  


So, here goes!

It was farely easy for me when I came out, considering the fact that my mom’s gay and she has been with the same woman since I was 9.  I literally walked into the house and said,

“Hey, I have a boyfriend. He’s on the dance team with me, and his name is Andre.  Oh, he’s older then me as well, just fyi he’s in the 11th grade!”(I was in the 9th…yeah, Drew had a thing for older men and that probabaly should have been a red flag for my parents to watch out lol)

Step-mother – “Yasssss, what does he look like!? Let me see a picture! Give me the tea honey!” (My stepmom is the coolest person I know!  (She’s basically the female Jack from Will & Grace)


Mom – “Well, I love you either way, I just don’t wanna hear about it lol. But what’s his full name – let me run a background check on this kid!”(Lawddd my mother is like the father from the movie Taken.  I swear Britney Spears song “Overprotected” is my life story!)


Right…boring! I know there wasn’t a party or anything exciting that happened. That was, however, until I came out to my grandparents by bringing home my then boyfirend who was 22.  Now, my grandparents are super religous and VERY involved in the church, and I’m like the favorite grandchild that can’t do anything wrong, so I was beyond scared to tell them!  But I traveled from Atlanta to Virgina and introduced my whole family to him.  Suprisingly, my grandparents took it better then my parents did.  They literally went grocery shopping for my boyfriend because he’s a vegetarian and had preferences about his diet – all just to make him feel comfortable. To this day they accept me for the hair flipping, finger snapping, beat to the gods guy that I am, which is amazing. However, there are many LGBTQ people that didn’t/don’t have it so easy.


And that’s what the BET documentarty, “Hollar If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church” shows you.  The film follows gay parishioners who remain active in the church, and the different obstacles they go through and how not everyone has a pleasant coming out story.  It sheds light on how some LGBTQ people even go as far as taking their own lives because they aren’t accepted by their families or loved ones.  The very people that brought you in this world are the same ones that don’t support you and your lifestyle, which for anyone can be a hard thing to deal with. Let alone having to deal with it at a young age where you need your famiy – finacially, emotionally, and spiritually.


Well, for any memeber of the LGBTQ community, always remember your fellow brothers and sisters are here for you! And if you are, in fact, strugling with coming out of the closet, remember to do it when you’re ready and not a moment before. And like I always say: “Be who you are, because those you matter don’t mind, and those who mind dont matter!


Check out  clip of “Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church” and don’t forget if you’re in New York next week check our the full documentary and other LGBTQ movies in the 28th NewFest!  Tickets are on sale now!


Till Next Time!


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Local Jewelry Store Has a Lot to be Thankful for

Local Jewelry Store Has a Lot to be Thankful for

Local Jewelry Store Has a Lot to be Thankful for

Nelson Estate Jewelers is nestled right in the heart of Dobson Ranch in Mesa, Arizona. They specialize in unique custom designs, true vintage and antique pieces, and they have a wonderful jeweler on site for expert jewelry repair services. They also buy from the public, meaning you can bring your old unworn jewelry pieces or inherited coin sets and sell them for quick cash or use them in trade toward new treasures!

The Journey

Owners David Nelson and his wife Aubrey sold all their assets (including 2 rental properties and a personal stash of gold and silver bullion) to give Nelson Estate Jewelers a running start back in 2017. David Nelson has been in the jewelry industry since he was just 15 years old and has worked for many of the big-name jewelers such as Ganem, Zales, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, and E.D. Marshall Jewelers. David and Aubrey identified the need for an expert jeweler in their local community and recognized that the old way of doing things is antiquated. They set out to create a comfortable and friendly atmosphere with realistic and transparent pricing that respects every client looking to either treat themselves to fine jewelry or express their love to someone special with a one-of-a-kind engagement ring.

Many people in the community stood behind David & Aubrey, some even got their hands dirty and assisted with the actual buildout of the shop to support what Nelson Estate Jewelers was striving to become. Local artists Daron Rogers and Angel Rogers Photography proudly display their art pieces in the showroom. Nelson Estate Jewelers loves to display local art pieces as a small way to give back to the community. They also only charge $5 for watch batteries and donate the proceeds to United Food Bank!

Jewelry Experts

Currently, Nelson Estate Jewelers sells an average of 15 engagement rings per month, whether it be a stunning find in the case, a true period piece from the 1920’s, or a creative custom design built from scratch. David & Aubrey are so thankful to be a part of the special moments in their clients’ lives; engagements, weddings, anniversaries, and even birthdays and graduations. Since jewelry is all about self-expression and no two people are exactly alike, Nelson Estate Jewelers offers incredibly unique pieces as well as the ability to custom design any jewelry piece specific to the person wearing it.

Love for the Community

Nelson Estate Jewelers values its clients above all else; each client is seen, heard, and treated with respect. Rather than hard sales pitches, David & Aubrey focus on listening to needs. They work within specific budgets without sacrificing quality because they believe you shouldn’t have to break the bank to show someone how you feel. Building trust and friendships in their local community is far more important to them than playing insulting price games that you often find at big chain retail stores. The bottom line is that none of what Nelson Estate Jewelers has become would have been possible without the friends, family, and clients who stood behind them then and who continue to support them today.

For more information on Nelson Estate Jewelers visit

11 Lesbians In History You Don’t Know But Should

11 Lesbians In History You Don’t Know But Should

11 Lesbians In History You Don’t Know But Should

A few years ago, Huffington Post put together an amazing list of 11 Lesbians In History You Don’t Know But Should. In honor of International Women Day, we highlight those amazing women and give them thanks for their courage and contributions to our community.

When we think of our lesbian pioneers, women like Ellen DeGeneres and Billie Jean King presumably come to mind. But we at The Huffington Post wanted to teach you a little somethin’ somethin’ about your history in honor of October’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history month. Below, feast your eyes on a group of undaunted ladies who helped paved the way for women and their women-loving ways, and check out the video above for HuffPost Live’s full conversation on lesbian history from the ancient times to now.

Read the full story here!