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It was alright to be gay there


Thoroughly confused Joseph eventually phoned the Gay Switchboard. "The person who took my call advised me to go to a youth club in , Birmingham, where he felt sure I would receive advice." This he did. He says that no one made a big deal about his sexuality and that the youth club was pretty much like any other club. The kids played pool and football and hung out together. The youth club taught Joseph that it was alright to be gay and encouraged him to discuss his sexuality. At 17 he went to his first gay venue, a gay pub, but Joseph didn't tell his mother about the youth club or about going to a gay pub.

Contributed by: Joseph, 35

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