"I'm horrible", "Everybody will hate me", "My life is over", "I'm ill", "I have to change", "It's unnatural", "I'm an abomination", "I'm going to hell", "I'm going to die of AIDS"... These are all the ridiculous and distressing thoughts that go through your head when you finally realize and accept you're gay. No child deserves to think those thoughts about themselves. Being part of the LGBT community doesn't mean you're ill, it doesn't mean you're horrible, not everyone will hate you, you should never change for anyone only be yourself, it's not unnatural to have the thoughts your having, you're not an abomination and you're not going to hell; the Bible speaks of slavery and stoning a woman who isn't a virgin on her wedding night, we don't do that anymore, do we? And just because you're gay, it doesn't mean you have AIDS. Heterosexual people are at risk too.

My name is Patrick. I am 18 years old and I'm gay. I live in the south of France.

I accepted my sexual orientation on Monday 9th May 2011 (10 days before my birthday). I was running a blog at the time, although I had been posting one article every week for a year and I was running out of topics. After accepting my sexuality I decided that I should start a different blog around homosexuality and coming out that could possibly help more people. So here I am! I decided it would be a good idea to make it a collab blog after getting in touch with Noam and I think it was a brilliant idea. I've met some wonderful people. We're rolling it out to LGBT news, videos, suicide prevention and other exciting ventures in 2012!

This blog is to help people. I'm filling it with stuff I wish I could have found in one place when I began to accept my sexuality instead of trawling the internet. I hope it helps someone out there. That's the goal! If you ever need to talk, email me at I'll gladly help you. If you don't email me, message one of the other authors on the blog by email or on Twitter. They're a really nice group of people and they'll happily help you in a non-judgmental way! :)

Also, join the cause on Facebook that's fighting to stop homophobia on YouTube here: It's vital to stop homophobia not just on YouTube, but everywhere on the internet as well as in everyday life. YouTube is a brilliant resource for anyone who's in the coming out process so these negative videos need to be removed! As long as there's hate speech there will be more young lives wasted. Suicide is never an option.

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