The gender-fluid star of the Netflix series is photographed by Luke Fontana.
25-year-old Tommy says that the show has instigated a conversation around mental health in young people that is sorely needed.
Tommy’s own battles with addiction and mental health echo the experiences of many in the LGBT+ community. Losing his virginity helped shape his perception of consent and highlighted the importance of more representative sexual education in schools in order to prepare LGBT+ youth properly.
We didn’t have proper sex education — if you weren’t, y’know, a cisgendered straight male or female… That’s all you got to learn about. I think as a gay person, you just figure it out as you go, for better or worse.