I was 10. I was a smart kid. I read the papers, watched the news. This was my world.
And I already knew “gay” meant me
As late as 2001, @theresa_may was still defending Section 28 as a “comfort”
Oh sure there’s a few plot hurdles but Simon’s friends, family, schoolmates - they all accept him and life sorts itself out
(Spoiler: he gets the boy as well)
But ... what’s it like if you *don’t* live in a Hollywood film?
The data is eye-opening
45% report being bullied
25% of LGBT+ people have heard NHS staff using homophobic, biphobic or transphobic language
15% don’t feel confident to understand or meet the health needs of LGBT+ people
This is a currently practising doctor in the UK, talking about LGBT+ people as “deviations” from mainstream society
@NHS staff must understand LGBT+ patients and families better
Kids like I was needed people to listen, people who would understand, who would help and be my voice when I was too scared to find it for myself
LGBT+ young people today *still* need those people, to make #TinyChanges that start to make a difference