INDIVIDUALS of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender orientation get "dealt a real unfair hand in life", one homosexual student at Shellharbour TAFE believes.
Certificate IV youth work students at Shellharbour TAFE promoted 'Wear it Purple Day' last Friday.
This day celebrates and supports young people who identify as sexuality and gender diverse.
Students Michael Meiner and Haley Devulder, both 19 and homosexual, helped organise the TAFE event.
Mr Meiner said the day was about showing rainbow (sexuality and gender diverse) young people that they were supported, celebrated and respected exactly as they were.
The Koonawarra teenager outed himself as bisexual at 15, before coming out as gay aged 17.
"I didn't understand what was going on with me, or why I felt different to all my peers, and I was terrified of being bullied if anyone found out," he said.
He now wants to support other young people in similar circumstances.
"Their journey doesn't have to be so hard.
"Sexuality and gender diverse young people need to know that they are not alone; that they have the right to be proud of who they are."
Ms Devulder of Albion Park came out in year 8.
"I was picked on as a child for being a lesbian," she said.
"It was hard to come out, given most of my friends were Christians.
Both resented homosexuals being "used as a pawn" by federal politicians.
"When someone turns around and tells me that being a homosexual is a lifestyle 'choice', is when Julia Gillard wakes up one morning, or even Tony Abbott, and says, 'I think I'm going to be gay today'," Ms Devulder said.
"We aren't a completely different species."