Philadelphia’s Outfest is a yearly festival held the second sunday in October to celebrate National Coming Out Day. The festival attracts thousand of LGBT individuals and supporters. The popular festival also attracts a group of Christian protesters that preach against homosexuality. Confrontations between the preachers and the festival goers can be tense often requiring police supervision. The following audio slideshow documents this confrontation.
by Isaac Riddle
Asanda Madosi was 21 years old when he told his mother he was gay. “My mother saw pictures of me in makeup and called me to tell me that we needed to talk,” said Madosi. “My mom was very distraught when I came out, she feared for my safety.”
Three years have passed since that conversation with his mother. Today Madosi no longer hides his sexuality from family and friends. (more…)