This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another; if we took just 5 minutes to recognise each other’s beauty instead of attacking each other for our differences. That’s not hard, it’s really an easier and better way to live and ultimately, it saves lives, but then again, it can be the hardest thing… because loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves. And I am here today because I am gay. I’m tired of hiding and I’m tired of lying by omission. What I have learned that love… is the most incredible gift to give or receive as a human being, and we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.