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Youngsters tackle sexuality preconceptions

Youngsters tackle sexuality preconceptions Photo: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

'Heterophobia' tells the story of Ryan, a straight teenager struggling to 'come out'...in a world where everyone is gay.

Youngsters from Birmingham City University have reversed convention - to produce a play about equality and acceptance.

I think the issue needs to be turned on its head for people to understand what it's like for people to be oppressed because of their identity. Everybody can relate to having identity issues whether that's due to your sexuality, to your race - I think theatre and art should be used to tackle such issues

– Tom Craig, plays Ryan in "Heterophobia"

The play's been inspired by a recent wave of developments in Gay rights and equality legislation.

The Billington-Greens on their wedding day Credit: ITV News Central

Just this weekend, the law changed to allow same sex couples to marry and Rebecca and Sarah Billington-Green from Dudley were one of the first.

But the play's Director says there's still a long way to go:

I was really concerned about the level of homophobia that young people were experiencing in schools. We look at the experiences Ryan faces, inappropriate language, bullying, lack of support, lack of parental acceptance, assault, and the impact this has on his mental health

– Hannah Phillips, Director

Performances take place tonight and tomorrow at Birmingham Hippodrome.