There’s a 65 year age gap between 13-year-old Louis and 78-year-old Percy, but that didn’t stop them from having a heart-to-heart about being openly gay in different eras.
Percy told Louis about his experience of coming out in an era when homosexuality was illegal and when social attitudes were very different to now.
“In some instances one didn’t think about it,” said Percy. “But there were moments, for instance if you had a chum and you wanted to say: ‘Ooh I went out last night to a gay club.’ You sometimes were reluctant to tell them because you weren’t quite sure what they were going to think or feel.”
Percy said that right up until 1967 homosexuality was illegal in the UK, and you had to be extremely careful because you could get arrested and charged for spending the night with someone.
Louis explained that he came out to his parents over text message because he felt like he couldn’t do it face to face. “She sat me down and she said: ‘I love you no matter what and you don’t have to worry because you have other members of your family who are gay and I’ve supported them.'”
“The most important thing is: you can love somebody. It doesn’t matter who they are, whether it’s a boy or a girl. Love is love,” says Percy.