Voices of Just Like Us

Just Like Us staff and ambassadors, educators and LGBT+ young people make up the voices of Just Like Us

One non-judgmental friend changed my perspective on my identity

I grew up in Slovakia. It’s a place where LGBT+ rights are still something we are fighting for. We are still fighting for legalisation of gay marriage and recognition of transgender people. It’s a place where being gay is not something that is considered normal or natural by most people. When I was growing up, I would hear my friends in school say "that’s so gay" to describe something they don’t like, and the word 'lesbian' was used often as an insult. For all these reasons, I thought being gay is something wrong. It was something no one should be proud of, and I never wanted to associate those words with me. I grew up around people who wouldn’t accept me, so how could I accept myself? When

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