a3c008c4-f857-41d6-90d0-18de81999c7b-620x372When Parag Mehta came out to his parents, he had already been through two suicide attempts. At the time, he was in his final semester at the University of Texas and decided he had hidden his sexuality from his family long enough.

This was in 1999, well before Mehta became Barack Obama’s first liaison to the LGBT community – the first of three Indian Americans to eventually hold that post – and before his current appointment as chief of staff to the new surgeon general, Vivek Murthy. READ FULL