Lesbian Visibility Week is so important to celebrate the diversity in our organisation and community and provides the opportunity to uplift LGBT+ women and non-binary people from all backgrounds.
Everybody in the LGBT+ community has a story unique to them, and part of why these stories are shared is to provide support to those who may be struggling to embrace their own identity.
I never reference a specific coming out story personally as it’s not a one off event in my eyes. I come out to almost every new friend or colleague I meet and will continue to do so for the rest of my life! I first came out in 2018 and was met with so much positivity and support; something I am endlessly grateful for, knowing that others are not so lucky.
There is so much that can be done to support and embrace colleagues and friends who identify as lesbian or LGBT+. I personally struggle with the never ending recurrence of having to correct people who automatically assume that I am straight. I believe that in most cases this is due to lack of education which highlights that there is a huge amount of work to be done to ensure we can all feel seen and accepted without explanation or the fear of being judged.
I am still navigating my way through being an openly gay woman both personally and in the workplace, but unapologetically being myself was the greatest gift I could have ever given myself. There is truly no greater gift than not hiding who you are. We’re all different, and the more we share our lived experiences, the more opportunities we give ourselves to become a more inclusive world.
Charlie Le Brun
LGBT+ Network Member