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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.

Alex 1

Growing up I didn't really care what other people thought and I didn't really know who I liked until I turned 14 that's when I considered liking girls.

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I'm sixteen, and I've been living the life my dad wants me to live, all along. Just to make him happy. But, I wasn't happy. I'm gay, and I couldn't be myself because I thought it would disappoint my father.
I've grown up around gay and bisexual people. My mom is bisexual, and I was always around her and her girlfriends and gay friends. My aunt is gay, and I was always around her and her ex-wife, and all of her girlfriends.

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My name is Kirsten. I am 18 years old. My first crush was in Kindergarten on a girl.... My mother is extremely Catholic and is outspokenly against homosexuality. The area in which I live is very Christian. People are very openly against homosexuality and I fear how I would be treated if people knew. I am in the top of my graduating class. Straight A's. Going into either Geo or Astrophysics and Anthropology. I do not see a way to live both lives openly, and so, at least for now, i will remain silent.

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Laura 1

I'm 16 years old and i think i am a lesbian. I've had boyfriends in the past but i've never been with a girl. The thing is that i think I'm in denial. I've kept trying to tell myself that I am not a lesbian. The last time i came out to my parents about something (It was the fact that i wasn't a Christian like them) they laughed and said i was too young to even by thinking about a choice like that. They still tell people I am a Christian. I guess that experience makes me think that they wouldn't support me. I don't know.

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Jane 1

I'm an ordinary South African girl. I've recently admitted to myself that I'm a lesbian but it wasn't easy doing so. I've come out to my friends and my cousins but not to my mom yet. I suspect that she knows but I don't want to confirm it for her as yet: the last thing I want to hear is someone telling me it's just a phase. It helps that I've got a few friends who are also lesbian/ bisexual. I've also learnt that love just happens and you start to have a great ife once you begin to remain true to yourself.

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