Their Own Words . . . real life histories about growing up gay in Australia

As I mentioned a while back, one of the projects I have been working on for my new Vocal.Media page is a series of real life histories of LBGT people I have known, covering growing up gay in rural Australia, coming out, personal experiences and anything else they wanted to share.

These experiences were largely from guys who have responded to my stories online and I have subsequently corresponded with. All of these people had one thing in common – at various stages of their lives they have struggled with their sexuality and with coming to terms with what that meant.

My original idea was to compile these stories and publish them in book form, with the subjects permission of course, but I think these need to be shared and so I have begun the process of publishing them online instead.

I posted an introduction to this project on August 6th, followed a few weeks later by the first installment; A Better Man – Part One.

A Better Man – Part Two has now been posted today. Please now find below links to each of these posts.

Thank you.


Their Own Words – An Introduction | Pride ( (posted 06/08/21)

Their Own Words – A Better Man | Pride ( (posted 28/08/21)

Their Own Words – A Better Man (Part Two) | Pride ( (posted 09/10/21)

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Australian country boy and writer of gay romance stories...
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2 Responses to Their Own Words . . . real life histories about growing up gay in Australia

  1. Anthony Camacho says:

    Dear Mark,
    I’ve read the introduction and parts one and two of ‘In their own words’. I intend to follow it and this is partly to say thank you for doing it. If you want to know anything about this reader — just ask.

    • ponyboy63 says:

      Hi Anthony. So nice to hear from you again. Thank you very much for your feedback on this project . . . it is something that I’ve had in mind for a long time and I am enjoying the process of putting it all together finally. If nothing else it is making me write again, which is something I haven’t been doing enough of in recent times. I hope all is well with you? Take care. Mark

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