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R U Coming Out

WE LOOK AT HOW YOU TACKLED THE WHOLE COMING OUT THING

DAN, 25, JOURNALIST, COLCHESTER

MY COMING OUT was three things: anti-climactic, anticipated and accepted. I was a latecomer to the party, apart from a confusing blip in primary school where I would try to go as high as I could on the swing in my back garden in an effort to catch a glimpse of my best friend through his window a few doors down. But surprisingly I didn’t understand my feelings towards other guys until my mid-to-late teens. I struggled to come to terms with myself and questioned what this meant for my future. I punished myself for my “failing” without mercy, raging with pre-emptive visions of abandonment that convinced me to keep things quiet; to not be me. When I stopped struggling and realised this part of me was never going away — that I didn’t actually want it to — things began to feel more positive. Despite this, the fears of the potential repercussions of coming out still weighed heavy on my mind.

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On the cover this month are American trans model Laith Ashley and the British Athletic Commission’s first LGB Ambassador Matt Lister. In our special report, one year into the current Government we look at how its actions are affecting you. Elsewhere, we interview the director and stars of Holding The Man, the powerful new Australian gay film that everyone should see. Plus, exclusive UK gay press interviews with Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, and director Andrew Steggall talks about his very personal coming of age film Departure.