I work as an administrative assistant in the Employee Data Management team based in Winchester. Our team is responsible for upholding the structure and organisational management over the entire IBC.
I identify as a gay man.
I'd always known that I was gay, though I lived in a small island community in Jersey, so coming out as gay was something almost completely unheard of. My sexual identity is just a small part of who I am. I like to define myself as a man who happens to be gay, not someone whose life revolves around whom they sleep with.
Importance of being a role model
I think it's important to be a role model because growing up, I didn't really have anyone to look up to or to relate to. I only came out once I left Jersey, so it was difficult having to live with, what was then, a large secret that I was ashamed of.
Since coming out at 18, I haven't looked back and regret hiding who I was back then. Being a role model hopefully means that we can inspire others not to hide who they truly are and to stop being ashamed of themselves.