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

Hannah S

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

I have a lot of LGBT friends. Even in the past year or so, I can see a transformation in how they are as people, and how they feel – they were so nervous about coming out and now they are feeling confident, and happy and proud. I think a lot of older people still don’t want to understand what it means to be LGBT.

A lot of my friends’ parents still say things to provoke them. To their own children. It’s not helpful. It’s not what you need.

A lot of my friends’ parents still say things to provoke them. To their own children. It’s not helpful. It’s not what you need.

I think that as a straight friend, it’s important to be visible in showing your support. For my best friend, I planned a surprise birthday day out in London, and the last venue was a lesbian bar. She was really surprised, really touched. She finds it difficult where we live to identify which girls are gay or bi and she finds it difficult to talk to girls in bars, so that night was exciting.

For my best friend, I planned a surprise birthday day out in London, and the last venue was a lesbian bar. 

Seeing more people in these t-shirts would be a great thing! It’s important to get the idea out there that LGBT people come from all walks of life, every kind of person, from every part of Britain. They're not just quirky young people, which is how they often seem to be portrayed in the media.

And anyone can be an ally too.

Hannah S (centre of image)