After Pride 2019, we ask how much difference a decade has made to the queer dating scene
Pride always brings up mixed emotions for me. Ten years ago, as a young teen still in the closet, I remember being desperate to hide my sexuality at any cost. I got good at swerving questions about who I fancied and even told my mates how uncomfortable I was with flamboyant, celebrity gays like Graham Norton and Alan Carr, in a naïve attempt to deflect attention from myself. “I don’t have a problem with gay people but why do they have to shove it down our throats?” I’d say, my words making me flinch inwardly.