Unmasking the Rainbow - A Series

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Through 'Unmasking the Rainbow', I hope to share the stories of the LGBTQ+ community in a cultural and communal context.

A Conversation with @paigewhitton

I am a pansexual, homoflexible romantic who is polyamorous [from the UK].

How did you realize that you aren't straight? Was accepting your sexuality difficult for you initially?

So I originally knew I wasn't fully straight from a young age. I saw actresses in movies and on TV and thought they were very attractive but I didn't know you could be different sexuality as straight or full-on gay till I was around 12/13. At that age, I met a lot of people that was through a hobby I had at the time and then just decided to come out. It wasn't hard for me to accept myself because I have always been "different" because of things like mental illnesses etc.

What's your coming out story?

Honestly I don't have a fabulous or a bad coming out story. I originally told one friend then rung another up who was with two others (so three friends) and came out to them. I then waited like 10 or 15 minutes and decided I should tell my mum so I just text her saying I like girls and guys. She was very accepting. I originally came out as bisexual. I went to a group that was for the LGBTQ+ community and realised there were other sexualities that like both males and females (and others) and upon learning that I re-came out but as pansexual to all those I had told I was bi. I came out to my grandma not long after and she originally told me to not tell my granddad for me to only find out after they both died that she had told him and they both accepted me even though it was hard for them at first because they were Christians.

Is your culture/community accepting of LGBTQ+? What changes would you like to see?

I think that it is quite open about it now. Of course, I am in a completely different community/religion than when I first came out. I am now on a spiritual journey where when I originally came out I was a Christian in a catholic school. I would like it to be more socially acceptable to be polyamorous though because that is not commonly displayed.

Thank you so much, Paige, for taking part in this series.

The purpose of this series is to empower LGBTQIA+ individuals to share their stories. To participate in this series, and share your stories, please message me here on WHI, and I will get back to you with a few questions.

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