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18-year-old election candidate once tried to ‘cure’ his sexuality

Naith Payton May 6, 2015
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Luke Holland is hoping to be Britain’s youngest ever councillor.

He’s standing as an independent in Birmingham Kings Heath and Moseley, and only just turned 18.

He says he’s a proud member of the LGBT community, but it hasn’t always been that way.

“It was really hard because for years I’d Google ‘gay cures’ and things like that because I didn’t want to be gay.

“Living in Solihull, it’d be like ‘what the hell?’, ‘It can’t happen’, ‘what are people gonna say?’ and stuff like that; and when I came out, people were so supportive.”

If elected, he plans to use his councillor’s allowance money to set up youth clubs – he says he doesn’t need the money, as he has a eco-friendly cleaning company he started when he was just 16.

He already has big plans – he says he wants to stand as an MP in the future, and told the Huffington Post – “[Being] Mayor Of Brum sounds decent.”

He also said: “An issue very close to my heart is diversity. Birmingham thrives on diversity while racism divides us. I do a lot to promote a diverse Birmingham and tackle racism when I see it.”

Watch his interview with I Am Birmingham below:


Related topics: Birmingham, local election, teenager, young people

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