Divina De Campo's lockdown support
The article was last published 25 June 2020.
The country may be slowly easing it's way out of lockdown, but new research has found that young LGBTQ+ people may have been struggling more than others during the past few months.
We spoke to drag queen extraordinaire and star of Ru Paul's Drag Race UK, Divina De Campo, and Chief Executive of the young people's LGBTQ+ charity, Just Like Us, Dominic Arnall, to see what advice they can offer if you've been having a hard time during lockdown.
This is just for now and it will get better – Divina De Campo
One of the biggest things that may be causing you some distress in lockdown is not being able to talk face-to-face with your friends, Dom says "in contrast to straight young people, LGBT young people are far less likely to confide in their family and far more likely to confide in a friend." You may have concerns about picking up the phone and chatting to friends in fear of being overheard by family, "if you're worried about how people at home may feel about how you identify, then you're unlikely to pick up the phone and call anybody just in case you get overheard. " says Divina.
Divina & Dom's tips
So what can you do to help keep positive if you are struggling during lockdown? Divina and Dom have given us us some tips on how you can seek support.
1. Try and stay connected with your community, Dom recommends to "drop a friend a text... one thing I wouldn't recommend is keeping yourself isolated."
2. "There's lots of support online if you are struggling" says Divina, so take the time to read some of the great LGBTQ+ support content we have on offer.
3. It may not seem like it now, but there will be a light at the end of the tunnel, Divina says "You know this isn't going to last forever and everything will eventually get back to normal. So this is just for now and it will get better."
Where to find support
You should not feel pressurised to label yourself or your sexual orientation. If you do feel you’d like to come out as gay, lesbian, bi or pan to others, and are safely able to, you can find support on how to start conversations, and further advice, at Stonewall.
It is always good to speak to someone you trust about the issues you might be facing, no matter how big or small. It can be hard talking about sexuality, relationships and mental health – everyone finds them challenging at times – so if you are experiencing difficulties, don’t feel ashamed or different, and don’t feel you have to hide away from it. You can also find help on a range of issues at Young Minds.