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THE WHOLE STORY

Children’s author and illustrator Olly Pike, 33, was drawn into the protests at Parkfield School in Birmingham and is now looking ahead to his next chapter in teaching kids about LGBTQ rights

As LGBTQ people, we’ve probably all been called out on the street or been made to feel uncomfortable on public transport. I remember holding hands with a guy I was dating – I must have been 25 – and getting abuse. We were in Soho of all places. It just made no sense.

Then I started to think about it more: maybe no one taught these lads that it’s OK to be gay. That encounter was one of the reasons I decided to write my children’s LGBTQ books.

Growing up in Rayleigh, Essex, in the shadow of Section 28, I spent a lot of my childhood “correcting” myself, trying not to give away my true identity. It still affects me today.

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