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Posted On: 4th Feb 2013

Showing PRYDE on ITV

Showing PRYDE on ITV
Showing PRYDE on ITV
Showing PRYDE on ITV

South-Wales Fixer Scott McCarthy is creating a support network to change attitudes towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

 

Throughout his school life, Scott faced the process of 'coming out' as gay on his own - a challenge made more difficult by the amount of homophobic bullying he already faced.

 

Scott suffered from regular abuse both face-to-face and through social networking sites.

 

At the time, Scott says he remembers feeling lost, helpless, and scared to seek help. But Scott, who is now 19 and studies at the University of Wales, found help and confidence to speak out about his sexuality.

 

He says: "Looking back, I had to go through a lot of these struggles on my own. There really was nothing for the LGBT community when I went through school, so this was a key turning point for me.

 

"I did feel very alone when coming out - I was looking for that support network, but I had to figure it out by myself. I would like to see that support straight away for others."

 

Through his PRYDE campaign - which stands for Pride, Rights, You, Different, Equality - Scott is hosting a series of workshops to challenge lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) stereotypes.

 

He is also creating a film which tackles issues facing the LGBT community such as homophobia and equal rights.

 

“I want to give opportunities to people that I really wanted at the time, ultimately to prevent other young people having to go through the experiences I did.”

 

Watch Scott's Fixers film 'Something on your mind?' below:

 

 

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