When did you first realise you were LGBT?
Probably aged about 14
Who did you tell first and what happened?
I told my best friend when I was 23 I’d flirted with the idea of coming out at 17, but didn’t want to be ‘different’
How did you start making contact with other LGBT people?
Spoke to a few openly gay friends, Apps can also be good to know you’re not alone, but be cautious!
How did you feel when you first came out and how do you feel now?
I didn’t want to be defined by my sexuality – now I realise that it defined me and held me back
I feel completely accepted, no different and regret worrying about people’s reactions. Coming out also helped me shift some serious timber!
What would your advice be to someone in a rural area who is pondering their own sexuality?
Rural communities might appear hostile, but actually they look after their own and whilst you might have the odd comment, it’s usually out of ignorance!