This speech was delivered by Oscar at a special reception in the Houses of Parliament, sponsored by JP Morgan
It hasn’t been easy being a gay teenager. I have had problems with bullying and people making cruel comments – calling me queer, gay, weirdo, strange. But I am proud of who I am and I am proud to be here today.
My school has an LGBTQ group who meet every week. We can sit, talk, paint, draw, write, hold hands and just be ourselves. We have wrapped a rainbow ribbon around a tree in the playground and we fly the rainbow flag. We’re having an evening visit to the cinema together soon and it will be great to just be who we want to be.
At my school we have children who are gay, lesbian, transgender, questioning, pansexual, bisexual – we are all young and we are all different.
School Diversity Week to me means a celebration of being different and saying to everyone just BE YOU. We’re going to have guest speakers, rainbow cake sales, a piece of street art in the playground celebrating our different ethnic backgrounds and a disco where all are welcome to dance with whoever.
My school King Alfred’s is a diverse community, we’re all proud and we’re all different. Thank you for welcoming us here today.
Oscar is a student at King Alfred's School.