How being part of something can change almost everything …

A few months ago I was scrolling through Twitter when I came across Young Pride in Herts.

At this point I didn’t get out much due to anxiety, I felt isolated and not knowing anyone else from the LGBT+ community meant that I didn’t really accept myself. 

I found information about an LGBT+ group in Hatfield and after much deliberation I decided to go along.

Looking back on it now, that is one of the best decisions I have ever made. As well as meeting loads of new friends, joining Serenity has opened so many doors for me. Since joining, I have become a part of the strategic group Who not What as well as helping to set up an LGBT+ group in my local youth centre, Prism, in St Albans.

It’s crazy how much can change over a few months. I’ve gone from hardly leaving the house to being part of three different groups, going to meetings and even standing up and speaking in front of a room full of people. I may not be the most confident person, and yes I am not happy all of the time…but I have come so far.

Who not What has helped me gain confidence in myself and given me a huge support network of amazing people. I honestly don’t know where I would be without them.

Anon, 17, Herts

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