All Out – Empowering People
This week Elexu is supporting another group, All Out, with a similar mission to ours…to empower people! All Out is an organization whose aim is to form a world where everybody is accepted and can live freely. A platform dedicated to fighting for equal rights; for Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender and straight individuals. Trying to make the world a better place each day through campaigns to inform and engage the public’s attention.
William one of Elexu’s newest team members, shares his experience with the organisation.
What made you become a member of All Out?
All Out really grabbed my attention when I came upon a story that was about a potential ban on “gay propaganda” in St. Petersburg. Having lived in Dubai where being gay is actually illegal I was flabbergasted to hear that a country was moving backwards in terms of human rights and equality rather than forward. All Out was protesting the decision by posting videos and getting people to sign petitions, and I thought “why not? If I could make a difference just by being aware, spreading awareness, and signing petitions, I should.”
Do you feel like you are part of a community?
Having grown up all over the world I really do feel like a global citizen so feeling like a part of a local community is difficult sometimes. However after finding All Out I was able to mix my global lifestyle with becoming a part of different communities around the world.
How can others get involved in All Out?
Very very easily! Go to the website (www.allout.org) and check out the different stories they are currently following/supporting/protesting against. If anything it’s a great way to become aware and help without having to go and march down the high-street (you can do that too though!).
Do you have any advice for somebody trying to hide their sexual Orientation?
I believe everyone should be comfortable with themselves/their sexuality before coming out. Find someone that you trust and know will support you no matter what and then work towards becoming comfortable enough to tell them. In this case you’re allowed to be selfish because you should never hide who you are and keep yourself from being happy.
And finally, what is your favourite word and why?
“Cracker” because it seems to mean different things but all fun! And my English friends call me a cracker, not sure why but I like it!