We live in a world where the LGBT community is slowly but surly getting better. It has come a long way but the process of ‘coming out’ still remains a trembling and terrifying one.
It can be a struggle. It can feel as if you are alone in the world where no one understands what you’re going through, where you expect the worst and hide your sexuality.
I experienced these feelings at the age of 19 (the year I ‘came out’) feelings I wouldn’t wish upon anyone when going through this time of self discovery.
I always knew I was different, growing up a triplet with two sisters, the smile on my face wearing their fairy costume in photos or playing with their dolls instead of my Tonka truck. As I got older I would find myself staring at topless men over the internet, experiencing feelings I didn’t want to feel and thinking to myself ‘why?’.
I had no one to turn to, no one to tell me what I was going through or that everything was going to be okay, it was me and me alone. No advice on how to tell my parents or how to start meeting people of the same sex. It was hard, real hard.
I realised being gay isn’t a choice and is how you’re born, just like being left-handed.
We’re in this together
It was being a role model for the LGBT community that I started this idea back in 2014. Asking a group of my friends to share their coming out experience’s that showed immense vulnerability and incredible strength to support and inspire others, that I began to see the joy and acceptance that A Bundle of Sticks brought to each individual, as well as the overwhelming support they received from friends, family and the wider LGBT community.
Their stories have made a change to the people they not only surrounded themselves with on a daily basis but others who now know they’re not alone. From the non-accepting parents, the blind sighted friends, or even the school bullies, their stories were able to help inspire and open up the minds of the world that believe it is a choice to be gay. For all of us, this isn’t a choice but this is a chance to let our voices be heard, to inspire those who feel frighten and afraid to tell them it’s okay to be gay and it does get better. Get in touch, share your story and let your voice be heard.