KaleidoScot’s Rob McDowall shares his Coming Out Story: “As a bolshie thirteen year old living in a wee costal town in the West of Scotland, I was hit with the realisation that I was thinking about sex and relationships with other males while my peers were thinking about the opposite sex.
“I was terrified when I decided to come out and I wrote my mum a note. The note explained I was attracted to other guys and no matter how much I tried to, I just didn’t fancy girls at all.
“On receiving the note, my mum came into my room and hugged me. She told me I wasn’t telling her something she didn’t already know and that she was simply was waiting for me to tell her myself. The abject terror faded and was replaced with excitement and it was then I started on my journey of self-awareness and expression.
“My coming out was helped by the fact I was raised by a liberal mother who understood the importance of championing diversity and went out her way to ensure my sister and I were aware that it was important to be who we are. She invested a lot of time, energy and wisdom into making me the person I am today and my coming out and the way she handled it has undoubtedly shaped the direction of my formative self-exploration.”