By Klaudija Markovic
Many young people across the globe have been facing tough challenges and not knowing what to do or how to break the news about their identity to their loved ones. LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) is one of the biggest community group around the globe that they describe themselves as an individual group within gay cultures. Even today, a mysterious person is still hiding in the closet; (revealing to others that they are gay) and wondering how long are they going to last and will they be able to come out of it. It’s all targeted at young people because they are still growing, facing new and tough challenges and will their loved ones (family and friends) accept their sexuality? It is a big challenge for all youngsters; for example, a 17-year-old college student from Wakefield, Jessica Lynas has been through horrendous challenges and managed to open up about herself to her loved ones.
However, because the internet is growing viral everyone is now posting online about the LGBT. With inspiring quotation and thoughts from online, many youngsters have managed to come out of the closet and have plenty of courage to face new challenges. Kevin Ninh, also known as FlawlessKevin is a Beauty Blogger. He is part of the LGBT community by creating videos about how to come out and show your true identity by giving brilliant advice to the youngsters how should they look after themselves and giving them the courage to come out. Kevin himself has been in a horrific path since his teens. He uploaded a video called “How to come out?” it’s a brilliant video for all youngsters to look at and able to get a good idea on how to reveal their identity. When Kevin said “If your parents don’t accept, they will throw religious slurs at you or some bad names, shaming you for the family name and honour, remember you have yourself” which everyone should know that they have themselves and not to hate yourself. He has been bullied in High school and hiding his identity from everyone. From teen being bullied to a social media superstar, his audiences are now looking upon him. To his fans and other young audiences, his quotation is ‘Representation is so important. I don’t even have to say anything, just being a guy wearing girl clothes is important’. He wants everyone to stay happy and not having to worry about hiding their identity.
We want to make sure that everyone is happy for their appearance and not having to face any fear nor tough challenges. However, the music industry now is growing enormously insane, many artists are now writing their lyrics that will make the audience feel the love and vibe. A boy group from South Korea also known as BTS (Behind The Scenes), who is trending worldwide, including in the UK have helped so many young people from their difficulties and also part of the LGBT. They created a song to help the youngsters to love themselves and they are still themselves no matter what they look like or what type of sexuality they have, love yourself. From Love Yourself Answer, the inspiring song called ‘Love Myself’ is the one that helped many youngsters coming out and show their identity. Their biggest inspirational quote “You’ve shown me I have reasons I should love myself” is the biggest quote for all the fans and other audiences.
If you’re stuck behind the closet and no idea what to do, my suggestion to you is to talk to someone about it and always find the person who went through it, they are always ready to listen to your story and give you advice. If you are still unsure, I recommend going to the community group that’s around Huddersfield and town centre. You can get in touch with The Brunswick Centre (Kirklees: 01484 469691 or Calderdale: 01422 341764), they are willing to listen to your struggle. If you don’t live near Huddersfield, there is a community centre in Leeds (Yorkshire Mesmac: 0113 244 4209), Bradford (Equity Partnership: 01274 727759) and Halifax (Identity: 01422 371993). I hope this will help you and guide you to a right path. I wish you all the best and stay true to yourself.
The struggles of coming out to family – LGBT Issues
By Klaudija Markovic