I am a young 22-year-old South African male, who has lived some of my life in the small English (UK) town of Weston-Supar-Mare. I identify as gay. For many of my school years I was verbally and physically abused by students and even sometimes adults for being gay. However, things changed as I entered university. I started to become more myself and started to find others with similar stories like mine, which gave me the strength to be proud of who I am and to eventually come out to those closest around me.