My secret struggle
LATEST figures show lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children are five times more likely to try to kill themselves than other children.
I always knew I was gay, but it wasn’t until I was 14 that the enormity of what it meant struck me. Every evening after school, before my parents came back from work, I’d lock myself in the bathroom and allow myself to cry for exactly one hour.
I wanted to feel normal; to have the same home life as my parents, the same prospects and hopes as all my friends. I thought being gay ruled that out.
After doing this for six months, I realised crying hadn’t changed anything, and so, as I sat on the side of the bath, I decided that I could either kill myself or just accept I was gay and get on with my life. I chose the latter.
I’m proud of how this country has become so much more accepting of LGBT people, but it’s not perfect. We need to continue to challenge homophobic/ transphobic bullying wherever it occurs, until there is zero tolerance of it .
And for all those youngsters out there who are still struggling to come to terms with their sexuality, know this: it gets better.