In a statement, Stonewall’s Robbie de Santos, Head of Communications and Campaigns, told indy100:
We started the #IFirstKnewIWasLGBTQ hashtag because we wanted to remind the world that LGBTQ children and young people exist at all ages. Not only that, but we wanted people to share their personal stories, so we could show that there isn’t just one way or a ‘right’ way to figuring out who you are.
What matters is that young people questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity are given the support and information they need, and know that there is nothing wrong with being LGBTQ.
But we know two in five LGBT pupils (40 per cent) are never taught anything about LGBT issues in school, and nearly half of LGBT pupils (45 per cent) are bullied for being themselves. This needs to change and Stonewall won’t stop fighting until every lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are accepted for who they are – no exceptions.
It's important to listen and learn from each other's experiences. Some people realise that they are LGBTQ+ later in life, and others know from an early age. All journeys are valid.
It's just a shame that, in 2020, people seem to still need to be taught the basics.