Earlier this summer, we told you about The Awkward Years Project, a series of photos depicting confident, attractive adults holding up photos of themselves wearing braces in front of laser-beam backdrops from their awkward teen years. That series gave Shawn Hollenbach, social media manager for Logo TV, the idea to launch a companion piece called The Straight Years Project. In The Straight Years Project, gay adults contrast current photos with photos of themselves during their younger years in the closet. Each photo pairing comes with a hilarious caption and lets the viewer know, poignantly, how long the subject has been out of the closet.
According to the project site, they’re “highlighting the years where we tried so desperately to fit in with our bro clothes, using the “Bump It,” poorly styled fashion,” and don’t forget, “looking to score with the opposite sex.” Here are some of the brave souls who have shared their “straight years” with the world. All captions courtesy of The Straight Years Project.
Shawn H. 1 of 9
Meet Shawn H., he was rocking the 90's skater "butt-cut" and 90210 â€˜burns. Out since 1997.
Jes M. 2 of 9
Jes M. was rocking those shoulder pads and is blocking out the face of the innocent. Out since 1995.
Michael B. 3 of 9
Great style, Michael B. Glad to see you're smiling now! Out since 2005.
Tim H. 4 of 9
Tim H. was leading the frat pack and is now standing for equality rather than kegs. Out since 2006.
Laurel B. 5 of 9
Meet Laurel B… we're living for your sneakers and don't miss that floral print. Out since 2004.
Jay R. 6 of 9
Jay R. has gone from Prom King to an Everyday Queen. Out since 1997.
Stephanie S. 7 of 9
Stephanie S. is a self-proclaimed former guidette and loved her Shiraz. Out since 2006.
Marc L. 8 of 9
Looks like Marc L's heterosexual choice in fashion has sailed away… and remains in Cancun. Out since 1992.
Gigi N. 9 of 9
Gigi N. was serving The Craft in Wicker realness. We think she was missing a choker. ; ) Out since 1999.