“No one should ever feel like this,” reads the accompanying text as former footballer Lachlan Beaton shares his coming out story to promote the #EqualLove campaign to end marriage inequality in Australia.
“For years I hated myself — I hated who I was,” he says in the emotional clip, describing how his internalized homophobia led to a decade of depression.
“My lowest point was in my mid-20s. I would drink excessively because I wanted to escape. I would tell myself I wasn’t fit to be in this world,” he continues.
“I would over-compensate and try to be more manly and blokey.”
“I would use fake names to meet people. I would lie to all of my friends in terms of what I was doing and where I was. I would be angry and lose my temper very easily — sometimes I would damage property. “
He finally came out to his friends and family at 27 years old, and though he feared the worst, found acceptance.