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Publisher's Summary

Celebrate Pride with Shangela (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Nikki Levy (Don’t Tell My Mother!), and six fabulous storytellers as they share heartfelt, hilarious, true tales about coming out.   

Coming Out Party, produced especially for Pride Month in collaboration with the acclaimed live show Don’t Tell My Mother!, brings Audible members a collection of uplifting, raw, and hilarious stories from queer actors, comedians, and personalities. Cohosted by beloved drag queen Shangela and storytelling maven Nikki Levy, Coming Out Party is a joyous celebration of LGBTQIA+ people and personalities.  

You’ll hear live stories from Grey’s Anatomy star Jake Borelli, whose on-screen journey inspired him to come out IRL, comic Nicky Paris (Wendy Williams), whose high school production of Peter Pan taught him "how to grow up", and comic Daniel Webb, who was so fabulous he never really needed to come out...that is, until he met Barack Obama in a BBQ joint. You’ll also hear stories told from inside the closet (literally, from our makeshift home studios - a certain virus cancelled our live shows, but it can’t hurt our pride). Hear how The L Word’s Rosanny Zayas had her first kiss with the coolest girl in school, how Pose’s Angelica Ross navigated “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” during her time in the navy, and how author Lisa Dickey came out...to the secretary of state himself. 

Pride might look different this year, but it can never be canceled! Listen in!

©2020 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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About the Host

Shangela is the only contestant to appear on three separate seasons of the Emmy-nominated reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race. She has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including A Star is Born; has toured on 6 continents; and received a standing ovation at the 2019 GLAAD awards for her Beyoncé tribute. Shangela stars in the new HBO show We’re Here, where she and her drag sisters Eureka O’Hara and Bob the Drag Queen visit small towns in America to put on one-night-only drag shows that celebrate LGBTQ+ identity. In 2019, Time Magazine honored Shangela by including her on their prestigious Time 100 Next List.

About the Host

Nikki Levy is the host and creator of the award-winning live comedy event Don't Tell My Mother! where celebrities and emerging artists tell true stories they'd never want their moms to know. Don’t Tell My Mother! offers a megaphone for marginalized voices with guests that include Tracee Ellis Ross, Ali Wong, Hasan Minhaj, Kate McKinnon, Teri Hatcher and Gigi Gorgeous. Levy has released three specials with Audible: The Path to Pride with Lance Bass and Nikki Levy in 2018, You Do You: Proud to Be Fabulous alongside Tan France in 2019, and Coming Out Party with Shangela in 2020. A longtime development executive in film and television, Levy currently serves as the Head of Scripted Content for DreamWorksTV at NBCUniversal. She is also a teacher leading her renowned workshop "Your Story Is Your Superpower" to companies and private clients around the globe.

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Fun Read

I enjoyed the voices of the stories, as well as the details. I did not like how the hosts were mostly male. I am a female and would have loved to hear more female (lesbian) coming out stories. I chose this rating because this reading could have been better! Overall, it was a fun read, several parts made me laugh!

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Great Ally Education

I always love to hear the triumphs and struggles of the LGBTQ+ community. Stories like these that share their experiences and what they go through just to be who they are inspires and educates. Thank you for sharing ❤️

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PURE JOY!

Oh, I can not even begin to describe how much I loved this. It was like coming up for fresh air. I really wish it had been longer.

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AWESOME!!

So cool to hear these stories! it was truly endearing to hear the experience of others and I'm so proud of the next generation of the community

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Loved!

Funny, gritty, vulgar and over the top. I LOVED everything about this! All I can say is 'I want more!'.

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The Brave and Beautiful

I wanted to listen so I could learn and I did learn that these LGBT folks are so relatable and resilient and worthy of our love and respect. I'm a straight black muddled aged woman and I support the rights of LGBT because its the right thing to do. God Bless

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So good!

A breath of fresh air. What a celebration of the LGBTQ community. It was sometimes heartbreaking but mostly just a joyful listen.

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LOVED IT

Absolutely enjoyed every minute of this! my best friend is gay and I moved away from him when I left for graduate studies and just listening to this brought up so many memories and fun times. I really enjoyed listening to this. Thank you for the smile in my day.

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Hilarious

Straight or gay, this is fun and funny. I loved it. Highly recommend. Many moments of laughter.

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Funny, touching, and revealing short memoirs.

This was a great way to celebrate Gay Pride Month. A collection of short memoirs told by the individuals themselves, Coming Out Party is filled with some funny and touching stories from some well known people who share part of their journey on coming out as LGBTQ. Happy Pride y'all!

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