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Cornish teen opens up on coming out as transgender

Cornish teen opens up on coming out as transgender

Published by Emma Carton at 8:29am 13th June 2019. (Updated at 2:34pm 13th June 2019)

A Cornish teenager has opened up about life as transgender after coming out at 14-years-old.

Miles Everitt had a mixed reaction when he revealed the news in a video on social media.

The 19-year-old says he felt constantly agitated as a child and has told his story as Childline reveals the number of counselling sessions it has with youngsters about gender and sexuality.

The charity delivered more than 6,000 last year, which works out to an average of 16 every day.

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Cornwall teenager Miles Everitt has opened up about coming out as transgender at 14-years-old. Photo: NSPCC/Childine

"I realised it and then didn't want to realise it because I knew what people were like.

"I'd already come out as not straight. I just wanted to see who I had around me that would actually be there to support me before I told anyone.

"Then I got to the point where I was just like, you know what, - I'm going to just tell everyone".

Miles Everitt

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Now 19-years-old, Miles says he felt constantly agitated as a child before coming out as transgender. Photo: NSPCC/Childline

Miles discovered what being transgender was because of the TV and social media, and came out in a video he posted on Facebook, to mixed reactions from his family and friends.

His mother has been extremely supportive of him and explained his gender identity to his headteacher.

"I couldn't have asked for a better headteacher regardless of if I'd had this situation or not.

"By the next day the teachers had had morning briefing and when I was in class at 9am that morning, the register was called and the teacher called 'Miles'.

"The headteacher had briefed every teacher in the school".

Miles Everitt

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Miles has told his story as Childline reveals it delivered over 6,000 counselling sessions in a year. Photo: NSPCC/Childline

What is Miles' advice about coming out?

"It's something that you have to be in a place where you're safe and supported.

"Even though it's going to be difficult - and it's always going to be difficult - you need that environment to be able to be who you are.

"If someone if struggling with their gender identity, the first thing I would say is think about you.

"Think about what you want and what you think before you speak to other people about it because other people will always impact what you think and what you say regardless of whether you think they are going to. You need to decide what it is for you first.

"If people aren't getting the support they require at school or at the doctors, Childline is always there. Schools have opening and closing times, Childline doesn't".

Miles Everitt

What support is available?

The NSPCC wants to remind all young people that Childline is confidential and there for them if they have any concerns about their gender or sexual identity.

The transgender page on the Childline website has seen around an 80% increase in number of page views between 2017/18 and 2018/19.

During Pride month, Childline will be raising awareness of LGBTQ+ issues amongst young people, from understanding your gender identity or sexuality, to coming out.

Pirate FM is one of the official partners for Cornwall Pride, which kicks off in two weeks time with a huge bus tour around the Duchy: Read More.

"I have met young people who were desperately unhappy because they couldn't talk to anyone about issues regarding their sexuality or gender, and often turn to Childline because they fear they would lose their friends and be rejected by their families if they disclosed their feelings to them. So I am glad that they felt able to talk to Childline and reveal their feelings without being judged or stigmatised.

"I know that some adults feel uncomfortable talking about these issues with young people, but if we create a taboo around them, that can make children feel guilty, rejected and in some cases has even led to depression and even suicide.

"We all need to listen sensitively and support young people and protect them from this profound unhappiness and loneliness".

Dame Esther Rantzen, Founder and President of Childline

Adults concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC helpline seven days a week on 0808 800 5000, or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

Children can call Childline anonymously on 0800 11 11 or www.childline.org.uk any time of the day or night.

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