Navan Pride member Liam McCabe describes his experience of coming out at a young age and his journey of self-acceptance in this poem:

My shoulders were heavy, 

I was only thirteen. 

Frightened by society, 

Kept me hidden and unseen. 

Being afraid to show who I truly was. 

Made me nervous and unsteady. 

I was a kid trying to make it out of this world, 

In one piece until I was ready. 

Coming out bisexual at fourteen but I was told it was just a phase. I had to pretend like I didn’t have feelings for boys my own age. 

My parents didn’t mean no harm, they thought I was unsure. So I came out at 16 instead and the love I was shown was pure. 

I won’t lie and say it wasn’t hard, 

Bullied for being the fat gay kid. 

Times were tough and I felt lost, 

I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. 

Music helped me through the tough times, 

It was my guaranteed safe space. 

Ariana Grande’s music helped me the most, 

To feel comfortable in my own embrace. 

Since coming out of the closet, 

I have struggled with my identity. 

Am I bisexual? Am I gay? Am I gender queer?, 

All I know this is me and this is my destiny. 

If you are struggling with your sexuality, 

If you are struggling with your identity, 

If you are seeking guidance, 

Speak to someone. 

Don’t bottle it in. 


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