Growing Up Gay In A Straight World: Olly Alexander

Growing Up Gay In A Straight World: Olly Alexander

Recent figures show that more than 40% of LGBT+ people will experience a significant mental health problem, compared to around 25% of the whole population, and are more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide.

This is Olly’s story. You can watch the full documentary on the BBC Three iPlayer page here:

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Olly Alexander: ‘Homophobic bullying at school drove me to self-harm’

The Years & Years frontman opens up about his experience of coming out as a teenager 

Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander has opened up about the bullying he experienced as a gay youngster and how it led to bulimia and self-harm.

The 26-year-old singer and actor says he hopes a documentary he has made for the BBC’s Gay Britannia series will help others who have suffered similarly, and also highlight the trauma for parents who feel they have “failed” their children.

The hour-long film sees him returning to his secondary school in Monmouth, Wales, and talking to his mother, who raised him alone after she split up with his father.

He said: “I think I knew I was gay from a very young age, probably in primary school. By secondary school I was just in denial. It wasn’t until I was 18 or 19 that I fully accepted it and came out to my friends and my mum.

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