Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life
Photo: David Gilkey / NPR
Diaries ›

Amanda: 16 Years Later

Teenage Diaries Listen to Amanda's diary 16 years earlier »

At the age of 17, Amanda knew she was gay. But her Catholic parents kept insisting she’d grow out of it. Today, a lot has changed in the country, and within her own family. In her new story, Amanda goes back to her parents to find out how they came to accept having a daughter who is gay.

See this story on npr.org

Produced by Joe Richman and Sarah Kate Kramer
Edited by Deborah George and Ben Shapiro.

Comments are closed.

You may also like ...


Juan: 16 Years Later

16 years ago, Juan reported on his life as a recent Mexican immigrant living in poverty in Texas. In his new diary, Juan takes us on a tour of the life he has built since he first crossed the Rio Grande. It looks a lot like the typical American dream: a house, 2 cars, 3 kids—except for the fact he’s still living illegally in the U.S.


Frankie: 16 Years Later

As a teenager, Frankie was a high school football star whose picture was in his hometown newspaper every week. Years after graduating, Frankie was back in the paper—when he was arrested for drug related crimes. In his new diary, Frankie tells his story of crystal meth addiction and takes his recorder along while he attempts to repair his relationship with his family. With a baby on the way, Frankie is hoping for a second chance.

Optimization WordPress Plugins & Solutions by W3 EDGE