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Young and LGBT

A selection of HIV/AIDS related personal stories written by different people from all around the world and sent to AVERT.


I was captain of my school's football team and known for the way I put my body on the line. I'd walk into the yard and younger students would stare. Everyone knew me, I was popular, successful and looked up to as a role model. If only they'd known I was gay. I had girlfriends and fooled myself each time that I was in love and straight. Everyone is different, but I am much happier because I claimed who I was and acted on it.

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Meghan 1

I've always known that i liked girls, but at the same time i liked boys too. I always thought being bisexual mean that you dint know what you were, then one day i looked up the word "bisexual" and found out that it doesn't mean you don't now who you are it means that you like both side.

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Kelsey 1

I’m 15 years old. God is a HUGE part of my life. I guess you could call me a “Jesus freak,” I’ve known I was attracted to girls FOR SURE for about four years. It tore me up inside, knowing that I was a lesbian and keeping it quiet, but at the same time hearing all of my best friends, who are my church friends, make homophobic slurs hurt more.

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The absolute WORST way to tell your parents that you're gay or bi is through anger. My parents and me were arguing about something (I honestly don't remember what it was), and it was kind of my way of getting at them by telling them. This is what my mom told me: "We're old Wayne. This is a completely new concept for us. You're just going to have to give us time to accept it, is all. We love you very much, and don't ever doubt that."

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Makale 1

I am 21 and being a lesbian in the state of Utah is difficult. I was raised in a Mormon household. I have all sisters and I graduated with only 50 kids in my class. Lesbians were kind of unheard of in my small town. I think that sometimes the hardest thing is to accept yourself, but once you do, it will make you happier.

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