Out of the closet and into the fire — how I stopped performing and fought to become myself

As a child, I became obsessed with the idea that my life was an elaborate production. It took me years to understand that the only one performing was me.

My first school photo, aged 5.
The first in a long line of questionable sartorial choices
In my school play, The Importance of Being Ernest. The director kept telling me to "tone down the camp".

Alexander Leon is a writer and LGBT+ activist. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Writer & activist. LGBT+ rights, anti-racism, mental health. Ft in @guardianopinion , @BBCNews ++. Werq at @kaleidoscope_t . 🇦🇺🇱🇰🏳️‍🌈 Views my own. He/him

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