What you can do
Come Out For LGBT - Friend, Hannah, Sirina

Sirina-Monique Prescod-Sebastian

CAMPAIGNER

I was Stonewall’s Young Campaigner of the Year in 2015.

In a way, I came out to a lot of the UK doing that. I wanted to stand up and say to other LGBT people, ‘It’s ok. Be yourself and keep your head up.’

Growing up, one of my best friends was my biggest support. She was with me the whole time. There were rumours going round about me before I said anything, and they affected her too – they thought she was a lesbian too. But she’s stuck by me, and that means a lot.

 It makes them act differently to you, and you feel alone.

When I was in secondary school I felt lonely. I hadn’t spoken to anyone, but people seemed to know before I did. It makes them act differently to you, and you feel alone.

I went to a Catholic school and I wished the teachers had noticed something, but they didn’t.

I know some people aren’t confident to be vocal and support LGBT people. I get that. My friend is like that. As long as you’re there for the people close to you, that’s great.

I hope one day you’ll be able to voice it too.

Having a loud message out there, with real people in it, is important. I hope people will be able to identify with us, and that will have a big impact.

People worry about what their family will think. Even if they are not LGBT themselves but just want to support LGBT issues, they worry about the reaction. But it’s important.

I saw ‘Some People Are Gay, Get Over It!’ about 10 years ago, and I felt ‘Yes. That’s me. Oh my gosh!’.

Having a loud message out there, with real people in it, is important. I hope people will be able to identify with us, and that will have a big impact.

Sirina-Monique Prescod-Sebastian (right of image)