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Inspired by a brilliant book found in an Oregon bookstore, the “When I Knew” project sought the stories and experiences of LGBT+ people as they explored the idea of the moment they knew they were different and/or LGBT+. The stories that resulted were heartbreaking and brilliant and funny and victorious and brave, and they were all brilliantly human.

These stories can be found at the following links:

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Inspired by a simple question (“If you (as an LGBT+ person) could change your life and live as a heterosexual, cisgender person, would you?”), the “If I Could Change” project launched shortly after the launch of the “When I Knew” project. Stories can be found at the following links:

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In the novel I recently finished, a lead character finds a French text and comes upon the term “raison d’être.” She researches the term and finds it to translate, literally, to “reason for being.” As she contemplates ending her life, she opts to postpone, as she has found her own raison d’être: She wants to write the story of her great-grandmother. As the novel progresses, the concept of a “raison d’être” returns numerous times.

In the past, I have twice opened my blog to submissions from LGBT+ individuals to discuss and publish their narratives. Both ‘When I Knew’ and ‘If I Could Change’ brought (and sometimes continue to bring) powerful stories, but I am eager to expand the option to include a wider audience.

If you are called, please share whatever it is you consider your ‘raison d’être.’ What is your purpose? What wakes you up in the morning? What brings your passion to life? What echoes in your heartbeat? Feel free to write at length, submitting stories to me via Facebook message or via e-mail at mwking@bsu.edu.

Published narratives will remain anonymous, the author identified only by a single letter. They can be found here:

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