Wise words from LGBTQ celebrities

"I've been embraced by a new community. That's what happens when you're finally honest about who you are; you find others like you."

-Chaz Bono

"We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity."

-George Takei

"There’s always one thing I always say at the LGBT things. There is a part of “waiting for when its right”. That is just as brave as coming out itself. Take care of yourself and make sure it’s safe before you actually do it. It’s a good thing."

- Tyler Oakley [on coming out]

“I’m not doing this to be interesting. I’m doing this to live.”

- Caitlyn Jenner

"Let me assure you, if you're getting bullied, and you feel like you're on the outskirts - it gets better. When you get older, you find that people are actually drawn with different points of view, who are proud of who they are and who make interesting and different and unique choices for them."

- Neil Patrick Harris

"Once you are honest about your sexuality, you will feel better about it... I felt better about my life because I was enjoying it."

- Sir Ian McKellen

"Being a closeted person hurt my career way more because I was sad. I was uninspired. And now I feel more excited about life and a sense of happiness that I’ve probably never felt."

-Ellen Page

“I want anyone out there who feels different and alone to know that I know how you feel. There is help out there and you can find support in your community. Things will get easier, people's minds will change, and you should be alive to see it.”

- Ellen Degeneres [on LGBT bullying and suicide]

LGBTQ and living in Stoke-on-Trent? Come to one of our social and support groups - Men's Group (men aged 18+) or Galaxy (ages 13-18).