I'm gay and coming out was the best thing I've ever done.

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“For LGBT+ History Month, I wanted to share my experience. I've never really spoken about this until now.” Will Simpson, a USW Information and Communication Technology student said.

"Being your true self is the most important thing you can ever do. I was scared, worried, anxious, and felt alone for a long time. I was in a very dark place. I knew the time was right to stop living my life as a lie.

It was a Tuesday in November 2018, which changed my life forever!

I was at college where I sent a simple text message to my friends and family, telling them I'm different. I like guys. So what?

So yes, I'm gay and coming out was the best thing I've ever done.

I came out to my friends and family, telling them I was different because being different is brilliant. I became the best version of myself.

I kind of always knew I was different. I used to get teased at school because of my Lisp and voice.

When I told people, it was like a breath of regeneration energy, it felt like I was regenerating to become a better person. Being Neurodiverse, I was worried about that as well. Being LGBTQ+ is the best thing I have ever done.

Fast forward a couple of years. I'm now living in South Wales, studying at USW. It's truly the best decision I've ever made. I'm embracing my true self and my degree.

I've always used the words of the 13th Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker: “We’re all capable of the most incredible change. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honour who we’ve been and choose who we want to be next.”