Jody Perry is the IT Director for Marshall University. He grew up in Wayne, West Virginia.
Jody describes his early life in Wayne as a wonderful childhood -- until his first crush.
Jody loved going to church until the day that the preacher said gays were going to hell.
It wasn't easy living in West Virginia in the early 90s. Jody always thought he would move to a big city, but that's not how things worked out.
At Marshall University, students hosted Blue Jeans Day in support of the LGBTQ community. Supporters weren't the only ones who dressed up.
Jody came out for the first time on the internet.
Jody thinks Marshall University makes a big difference to Huntington's LGBTQ inclusivity.
Jan Rader is West Virginia's first female fire chief. She's also openly gay.
I just think it’s important for people to be who they are and to not feel threatened by being themselves. It took me a long time to be comfortable in my own skin. I see death and destruction on a daily basis, so life’s too short to worry about petty little things. But unfortunately, people in the LGBTQ community still have to worry about basic human rights from time to time, and that’s not good."