John – My Pride Story

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John – My Pride Story

My name is John. This is my story.

I’m 39 from South Wales in the United Kingdom. I was very fortunate to have a very accepting family and came out at the age of 16, which is the legal age in the UK.

Even though my family accepted me, my peers did not. I was bullied for being gay, fem, and weird starting when I was 11 years old. Many times I tried to take my own life, as the bullies never seemed to get into trouble for what they did. Some teachers even said I would get nowhere because of who I was.

School was absolute hell for me. Once I finished I started going out and getting involved in the gay scene where I finally met other people like me.

I felt at home and over the next several years I began to learn more about who I am. Still, over the years I have had slurs shouted at me, been threatened and even assaulted for being myself.

Now I am in a PhD program in Dementia Studies, exploring what it means to be a queer man with dementia. I am part of an LGBTQ+ Dementia organisation and am continuously advocating for the voices of our community who are affected by this condition.

I’m proud that I have found my “tribe,” my path, and that I’ll be able to help others.

Happy Pride, everyone!  

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