Preview: Olly Alexander: Growing Up Gay

Olly Alexander: Growing Up Gay

Recent figures show that more than 40 percent of LGBT+ people will experience a significant mental health problem, compared to around 25 percent of the whole population, and are more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide.

In this eye-opening and timely film, young pop culture icon Olly Alexander explores why the gay community is more vulnerable to mental health issues as he opens up about his own long-term battles with depression.

As the outspoken frontman of British band, Years And Years – who have seen a phenomenal rise to fame – Olly is a powerful voice on mental health, bullying and LGBT+ rights. He has broken taboos with music videos that celebrate queer identities and spoken openly about his own sexuality, as well as his ongoing struggles with anxiety.

In the film Olly will join young people on their journeys battling issues that parallel his own – from homophobic bullying to eating and anxiety disorders – and along the way he’ll ask what can be done to address them.

Olly Alexander: Growing Up Gay – from Tuesday on BBC Three.

This programme will be broadcast on BBC One at a later date.