As a queer person surrounded by an amazing collection of open-minded friends, it’s easy for me to not focus on how desperately homophobic the world can be. It’s a wonderful thing to feel safe as a queer person – something that hopefully more and more members of the LGBTQ community can experience going forward. But just over two weeks away from Trump’s inauguration, I’m more than a little worried about the future. Stephen Fry’s two part documentary Out There serves as a reminder of the powerful homophobia that still plagues countries the world over. While great strides have been made in recent years towards ensuring LGBTQ rights, danger is never far. “It seems to be that the world is going in two directions at once,” says Fry. “The enemies of enlightened thinking (and) free action (…) are many,” and, “we must never forget – rights can be taken away as easily as they can be given.”

Watching Out There reminded me of the importance of activism.

I came out for the first time at the age of sixteen. It’s was a big deal for me, but the first time you share your sexual orientation with someone doesn’t suddenly sky-rocket you to fabulous freedom. Shedding your fear of other people’s reactions is a journey, and every coming out counts. I’ve had to come out countless times since, and one of the most pivotal occasions was starting Koeksisters, because it meant coming out online.

I run this site for myself. It has freed me enormously, but I’ve never considered it particularly revolutionary. After all, I’m just another #queer posting about #tomboystyle and #androgynous #haircuts in the age of Ellen, Hannah Hart, and Beyoncé #feminism. What’s the big deal, right?

The thing is though, with the likes of Trump, Putin and Le Pen around, being out online strikes me as quietly, crucially important.

What does watching this bring up for you?

“There are some things you can’t control, but there are other things where just quietly pushing on the door, you can make a difference.” – Stephen Fry

Homosexuals aren’t interested in making other people homosexual. Homophobes are interested in making other people homophobes.” – Stephen Fry