My secret strug­gle

Daily Mail - - DR MAX -

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.

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