Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Lockdown Isolation Helped Me Come Out

Nathan McCook
"I'll be coming out of this pandemic as a completely different person," says 19-year-old Nathan McCook. "If I was to look at who I was a year ago, just over a year ago, I wouldn't recognise who I am now." The coronavirus pandemic has changed everyone's lives over the past 12 months. Some have been affected by the health effects of Covid. Others have seen their job situation impacted. But for people like Nathan, that change has been how he'll live his life, forever. "I became a dad in the same year I came out as gay," Nathan tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

Nathan lives in London. Just before coronavirus hit the UK and the first lockdown began in March 2020, he was in a relationship with a woman - and trying to ignore his feelings about men. "I was so happy hiding, thinking, 'it's cool, it's fine, I'll get on with the life I'm supposed to live or that other people want me to live'," he says. "The relationship I was in didn't work out - for obvious reasons." More on his story here.

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