AWI Our Stories Our Voices presents: Coming Out Twice: Finding the Right Time to Tell a Story

The Our Stories, Our Voices festival celebrates queer mental health stories told by LGBTQ+ filmmakers and artists. Over three days, filmmakers, mental health professionals, and community leaders will lead insightful, interactive workshops focused on the unique experiences of queer people and their mental health. If you are interested in learning about these sessions, and participating in these critical conversations, you can see them all on the Our Stories, Our Voices information page!

One of the biggest challenges for LGBTQIA+ folks remains coming out to their communities, and disclosing that they don’t fit within the heteronormative expectations of our culture. Equally hard, but less discussed, is the ‘coming out’ about mental health issues and discussing mental illness, in what remains a very ableist society. In this session, Mariana Osuna and 1990’s Chris use their award-winning short films to explore what it means to be queer and living with mental health challenges, in an environment that makes it hard to be either.

You can register for this event here.

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance


Date:August 10, 2021
Time:1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. MHSOAC holds public mental health systems accountable, provides oversight for eliminating disparities; promotes wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensures positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.