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Published on Nov 11, 2015
Jae & Max share their experience of growing up as LGBT+ in a rural community.
Identical twins Jae & Max Price are both proud to be gay and non-binary. They grew up in a rural village in West Midlands, knowing that not only were they different from the majority of their peers, but that their 'difference' to many was an unacceptable part of themselves. They were told this by their church, the media, their teachers and by certain members of their family. These early experiences were detrimental to their sense of well-being. They may not have had the words but from an early age they feared that an unchangeable part of who they were would divide a family and limit their opportunities, both in life and love.
When they first came out at 19, Jae & Max moved to London and Manchester, respectively, to find people who were like them and a place they could call home. However, those messages from their childhood would often reappear. With time, they both realised that as children they had internalised all those negative messages about what it meant to be LGBT+ and consequently started to believe them.
Together, Jae & Max founded Proud2Be in June 2011.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx