Publish Date: 12/03/2013
Dave, 47, Morecambe
“I first contacted The LGF in October 2010, as I was struggling emotionally and psychologically. I had been through traumatic experiences, and struggling to accept I was gay. I was severely depressed, and had previously attempted suicide.
“I received support from The LGF and Icebreakers (a group for gay and bisexual men who are new to Manchester or have recently come out). I attended a few courses, social events, activities and also started to get regular sexual health check-ups.
“Getting the support I needed changed my life, forever, in more ways than I can count. I certainly feel more empowered and it has helped me to come to terms with being gay, and helped me become the proud gay man I am today. The support has helped me come out of the closet, and begin to find ways of living a more meaningful gay life.
“One life changing experience for me was being part of Manchester Pride 2011, marching in the parade.
“I wanted to give something back to The LGF, Icebreakers and the lesbian, gay & bisexual community, for all the support I received. So I decided to start volunteering, firstly though The LGF’s Community Action Panel.
“I then decided to apply as an Archive & Heritage volunteer. I love volunteering and I have got a lot from it already.
“I am very passionate about The LGF, Icebreakers and LGB&T causes and want to help others get the support they need to fulfil their lives. If I can do it, they can too.”
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