In 2008, I came out as gay, having been confused about my sexuality since my early childhood, not really understanding how I was feeling or how to define it. But after some research I discovered that I was gay and I was lucky enough to have a very accepting family, who embraced me for who I am, something which doesn't always come naturally for LGBT+ people around the world.
I've always felt it important to stand up for LGBT+ rights, not just my own but for millions of others, who may be paralysed with fear, maybe in countries where in some cases being LGBT+ is illegal, punishable by imprisonment or even death.
Growing up in the UK I have seen a lot of changes, with Civil Partnerships being introduced to same sex marriage becoming legalised, all progress which has been amazing to see, but that hasn't always been the case.
I'm proud to be who I am and I owe that to all those gay men and women who came before me, who had to fight for every right, including the right not to be dismissed from a job just because of their sexuality.
I will always stand up against inequality where I see it, and being part of a minority group, I share solidarity with other minority groups, including the black community. I think if we stand up against all forms of inequality, we can be stronger together, and fight for the rights of all regardless of their race, religion, gender, or who they love.