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Leonor Silva, a young ambassador for LGBT+ charity Just Like Us, writes for PinkNews for the end of Lesbian Visibility Week how vital it is that schools empower – not erase – young queer people.
When I was seven years old, I remember participating with some friends from my class as an extra in a high-school play.
I remember very few things about the play but one thing I remember was thinking that the lead actress was very beautiful. I was really young of course, but that in hindsight, I can see that there were signs I was also going to be who I am today.
Now I proudly identify as a lesbian. And let me tell you, it hasn’t been the simplest of journeys.
I’m lucky to have friends that support me and a community that makes me feel at home but it hasn’t always been this way.
Throughout primary and secondary school, I’ve always felt that my identity was somehow “erased” – nobody talked about it (except for the occasional use of the word as an insult), therefore it didn’t exist.
Now that I live fully embracing my sexuality, it’s hard looking back and seeing that “empty space” in my life growing up.
My journey to coming out is one that is still very recent. Although I’ve known how I identify for years, I only told my friends last year. I finally felt ready and it’s a decision I’m happy I made.
It’s very important to know that it’s okay if you haven’t figured everything out and that is part of your journey.
Evidence shows that children benefit from being taught about gender identity and sexual orientation. (Stock photo via Elements Envato)
I still haven’t had the conversation with my parents but I’m a happy adult who is surrounded by spectacular friends and a wonderful community.