"Summer of 2013 is when I came out to my older brother, he is the most understanding out of my family. I never really understood how people can only like one gender. One week at school I would have a crush on a boy, then the following week it would be a girl. I see the beauty in everyone"

"I have always been that kid that played with girls toys. At 11 I came out. My dad found out and didn't tell his other children about me. I was kept a secret. One of my uncles is very religious and could not understand how I could be gay and religious. He would give me Bibles as presents for birthdays and Christmas. People are often trying to have a perfect life, but I feel like this leads to sadness. We need to keep pushing to change and own flying the freak flag"

"On the outside I appear quite tough, but on the inside I am heavily bruised by my past experiences. With my femininity I made myself vulnerable, but with my masculinity I just wanted it to be considered as a real man. I think it is important to be aware of your morals and how they reflect who you are"

"If someone has a problem with me it is their issue, not mine. When we are young we are given these ideas on how to feel towards women, but then later told being gay is fine. This makes you unsure on how to process it all. It is like having a big puzzle but you do not have all the pieces - you start to understand one side by yourself, then suddenly the puzzle becomes 3D"

"I don't think my family will ever accept it. I was raised catholic but I am not anymore. I feel like the LGBTQ community is very stigmatised, people often judge bisexuals for being quite promiscuous. I don't care about gender, if you are nice - you are nice"

"At the age of six I became best friends with a boy at my school; he didn't act like the others boys as made very clear by my family. I kept my distance from that point and for a large portion of my life attempted to act straight. Hurtful slurs from strangers in my direction said something was wrong with me. Hiding more and more of who I was created a sadness that welled up inside me until I broke down in tears. 

When I was at university my dad did not accept that I was into men and thought I was just being spiteful towards him and mum. With my mum, I assumed she always knew; I mainly had female friends and had a penchant for adorned wedding gowns! She would even call me to the TV whenever the wedding programmes were on. 

I consider myself more spiritual than religious and feel very connected to nature and the universe. The most important thing to me in life is to have good intentions: I desire to love and be loved. Society has a way of teaching you that boys do not cry and a sensitive man is somehow less of a man but I am more than my gender, my race and my sexuality"