We live in a world where the LGBTQ+ community is slowly but surely getting better. It has come a long way but the process of ‘coming out’ still remains a trembling and terrifying one. It can be a struggle. It can feel as if you are alone in the world where no one understands what you’re going through, where you expect the worst and hide your sexuality.
I experienced these feelings at the age of 19 (the year I ‘came out’) feelings I wouldn’t wish upon anyone when going through this time of self-discovery. I had no one to turn to, no one who knew what I was going through or to tell me that everything was going to be okay, it was me and me alone. It was hard, real hard. It was being a role model for the LGBTQ+ community that I started this idea back in 2014. Asking a group of my friends to share their coming out experience’s that showed immense vulnerability and incredible strength to support and inspire others, that I began to see the joy and acceptance that A Bundle of Sticks brought to each individual, as well as the overwhelming support they received from friends, family and the wider LGBTQ+ community.
"Accepting who I am was the best thing I have ever done. There is nothing more miserable and sad then living a lie and not being true to yourself. There is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. You are who you are, and anyone who can’t see past that doesn’t deserve to have you in their life. The world is so much brighter outside the closet." — Jason Ebeyer
Their stories have made a change to the people they not only surrounded themselves with on a daily basis but others who now know they’re not alone.
For us, this isn’t a choice but now a chance to let our voices be heard, to inspire those who feel frightened and afraid to tell them it’s okay to be gay and it does get better. Issue Two submissions are now open! Get in touch, share your story, and let your voice be heard.
We’re in this together...
We are A Bundle of Sticks. Issue One Available.