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Stepping out

We all remember that exciting, nerve-racking night when we made our debut on the scene. So what was it like for you, the first time you walked through the door of a gay venue?

JAKE BASFORD, 27, SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMS MANAGER, ESSEX

At school, I walked in one day to find out everyone knew I was gay. All thanks to a so-called friend taking issue with me dating her ex and making sure the girl with the biggest mouth knew. When I moved schools for sixth form I found a tribe where being gay was a non-issue and grew more comfortable in my skin.

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TO THE EXTREME Adventurer and extreme athlete Gavan Hennigan is at ease with himself. But that wasn’t always the case as cripplingly low self-esteem and a struggle to accept both his sexuality and his sexual preference, led him down a path of almost fatal self-destruction.