My story is one that sounds unique but is, in fact, more common than we think. That’s because my story has a special bond with so many others and can’t be told in isolation. I was raised in a council house by religious parents and became the first person from my school to go to Oxford University. I came out, graduated, became a solicitor and then moved to the criminal bar. I wouldn’t have done any of those things without the love and support of so many along the way. These people form an integral part of my story, and I a part of theirs too. Stories are a powerful tool. They can open minds, change views and heal souls. That’s why I’ve committed mine to paper, in a memoir entitled ‘ A Dutiful Boy’. I hope it helps people struggling with their identity to feel less alone.