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"It was really difficult because my family is really religious so they don't really know what anything means and they're really confused by it," he said."My mum's been really helpful and we wrote a letter last year to the family. They have encountered some negative attitudes — Mr Morrish said they often get stopped in the street by people asking about his gender — but generally people are supportive and accepting.

They plan to move to Melbourne in a couple of years, but not because they don't feel accepted, they just want to spread their wings.

On the sidelines, one young LGBTI couple related very different coming out experiences.

Jordan Davis and Lucas Morrish have been dating for a little over a year.

"So many people go off to major cities and Sydney in particular where you have Oxford St and Newtown where you know you're going to get that acceptance," Nicholas Steepe, one of the march organisers, said."We were like 'no, that's not OK' because we lose so many young people, their talents, their knowledge, their experiences, to the metropolitan areas." Mr Steepe said his own experience of coming out in Dubbo was "negative, to say the least"."I didn't particularly have that much family support and there was quite a lot of social isolation and verbal bullying at school," he said.