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49 People Tell Us When They Realised Being Open About Their Sexuality Mattered

Here are some stories of love, hope and pride from the LGBT+ community.

1. Mani, 35, gay

2. John, 48, gay

3. Jono, 18, bisexual and gender fluid

4. Sage, 23, queer

5. Janet, 56, bisexual

6. Nicky, 29, lesbian

7. Oliver, 18, gay

8. Thomas, 22, gay

9. Joe, 21, gay

10. Sam, 24, transgender

11. Sinead, 22, bisexual and cisgender woman

12. Brittany, 21, lesbian

13. Laura, 21, straight, and Lisa, 46, lesbian

14. Meaghan, 27, asexual

15. Matthew, 25, gay

16. Ryan, 25, gay

17. Joyce, 19, bisexual

18. William, 39, gay

19. Ivana, 21, pansexual

20. Sean, 30, bear... or a cub (he's still figuring it out!)

21. Mimi, 18, lesbian

22. Jett, 19, lesbian

23. Jerry, 24, gay

24. Evan, 47, gay

25. Skyler, 15, gender fluid, androromantic*, asexual

26. Carmen, 23, lesbian

27. Darby, "I'm not telling you my age", and "I've been many things over the years. But right now I identify as 'happy'."

28. Jackson, 23, gay

29. Karis, 28, bisexual

30. Benjamin, 19, gay

31. Sia Tequila, 21, male

32. Troy, 29, gay

33. Odette, 39, lesbian

34. Laura, 21, bisexual

35. Ciaran, 18, pansexual

36. Emily, 44, lesbian

37. Steven, 51, gay

38. Jaden, 18, pansexual and non-binary

39. Sy, 22, lesbian

40. Jack, 26, gay

41. George, 19, bisexual

42. C Moore, 60+, "I identify as a person"

43. Jennifer, 22, bisexual

44. Yuli, 23, lesbian

45. Margaret, 21, pansexual

46. Shazy, 33, gay

47. Lisa, 26, lesbian

48. Leighton, 28, gay

49. Allison, 40, lesbian