A bisexual Midlands man has been talking about the impact which the currrent coronavirus outbreak is having on the LGBT community.
Twenty-two-year-old Tim, from Coventry, came out as bi last year and has since been attending monthly socials organised by the city’s Pride event.
Speaking to the Coventry Telegraph, Tim said: “I only worked out that I was bisexual last September, and I feel that I’m quite late to the game, so meeting people from the LGBT+ scene has really helped with that.
“Coventry has a thriving LGBT+ scene, and the lockdown will mean that we lose those spaces.”
He added: “Frankly I’m gutted. I’m cut off from everyone I know in that scene; I’m just sealed off from a massive support network.”
Tim is in lockdown with his grandparents, one of whom he describes as being ‘homophobic in the traditional sense’: "It's hard for me to express myself around my grandparents. I do feel trapped in a box a little bit, but I’m still in a more privileged position than others."
Tim is looking forward to the time when it’s once again safe for his support group to get together: "Through Coventry Pride meet-ups, I’m able to find a sense of community that you can't find elsewhere. The group has helped me feel safe without fear of being judged. I can be myself."
In the meantime, Tim is accessing support via the internet: "I can still connect online with a large number of people, and I also have a whole pile of books on LGBT+ history that I’ve been waiting for the chance to get through."
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