Humans of Our Community

Humans of our Community is a project focusing on highlighting diverse members of our community and their stories.  These stories are raw, real and inspiring.  We hope you find them as beautiful to read as we do.
Please note: Trigger warning – Some stories contain discussions around suicide, mental illness, dysphoria and discrimination.

Interviews conducted by James Fowler, Volunteer of Open Doors Youth Service.
Huge thank you to all the generous members of our community who have been vulnerable and empowering in sharing their journeys with us.

Click to read Dr Charlie Crimston’s story here.

“I would love to take my younger self aside and reassure them that YOU are OK, and it is all going to be OK. You’re not these horrible things that the voices in your head are telling you. Sure, I may be statistically uncommon, but now I see there is something special about that.”


Dr Charlie Crimston

Click to read Tayla’s story

“You shouldn’t have to pay to feel safe”

“The struggle doesn’t have to be your own anymore”


Click to read Maddy’s story

“What’s really helped me is finding people in the community who accept me for who I am”


Click to read Phoebe’s Story

“Having a human connection is so important for driving acceptance.”


Click to read Zenobia’s Story

“…but one thing I would’ve loved was to feel like my parents wanted to have more curious, happier conversations with me about what queerness meant to me so that I felt affirmed rather than just tolerated, and so that maybe I’d had better tools for dealing with biphobia at school, with peers, and with older peers as well. Ultimately, when kids open a conversation with you, ask questions and listen.”