Coming out can be a difficult time for anyone, let alone a young person, struggling with their sexual orientation or their gender whilst going through the traumas of teenage years: puberty, exams, and relationships with friends, parents, etc. It all adds up and can cause stress and anxiety to build.
We have put together a number of links that have helped us through difficult times but remember not all help is online, you can talk to someone if you want to via our Healthcare page.
The Site is the online guide to life for 16-25 year-olds in the UK. They provide non-judgmental support and information on everything from sex and exam stress to debt and drugs. The site has a number of areas linked to LGBT+, one of which is How to come out?
The It Gets Better Project shares positive messages of support with LGBT+ youth every day via short video clips.
We have listed below some YouTube videos … the list is could be endless but these are some of the ones that we like. We’ll be keeping an eye on new ones that ‘come out’ and updating so make sure you come back.
“Sport has the power to change the world, has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”
Troy knew from an early age that he was ‘different’ and came out to his best friend at age 13 and his family, one by one, at age 14. Hear his story here.
Connor came out on YouTube in Dec 2014 saying ‘It’s part of me not all of me’ ‘I don’t want anyone to have to hold back who they are. It’s not a good thing.’
Tom was one of the first British Olympic athletes to come out and said ‘In an ideal world, I wouldn’t be doing this video. I shouldn’t have to.’
Keegan became the first openly gay professional Rugby League player, after revealing his true sexuality in an interview with the Sunday Mirror in August 2015.
Sam was the first English professional rugby union player to come out as gay in September 2015.
Young Pride in Herts offers support, information and advice to the young LGBT+ community and to those who may be struggling with their sexuality or gender, in Hertfordshire.
If you need support, want to get involved in changing services in the county or are a friend/parent or carer who needs advice, please contact us through our Contact page.