Visible Out People Are So Important Especially For Younger LGBT+ People

Oct 11, 2017
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Tom Knight, 31, Producer 


When did you come out?

I came out just as I turned 15. I was in year 10 at secondary school.


How did you come out?

Some people found out I was gay, so I took back control and decided to tell the world myself. I went straight home and told my sisters, then my mum and step dad. 


Why did you come out?

To be my true self. I had a tough time in my head about my sexuality, and where I lived wasn't exactly gay friendly. But I felt more shame hiding who I was, so I did something about it. I wouldn't have the life I have now if it wasn't for that moment.


Why do you volunteer with Pride in London?

To be part of something bigger than me, help my community, and to make new friends. Pride in London is an amazing organisation to be a part of, offering so many different experiences. 


Why do you think being out is important for the community? 

Having people visibly proud is so important. Especially for younger LGBT+ people growing up, being able to see happy, positive role models from all walks of life. It can help with mental health and confidence.


How has your life/ how have you changed since coming out?

I've grown into myself. I've learnt that being different isn't a bad thing, you have to embrace who you are and then other people will.

Matthew Hemes
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