June is now globally seen as International Pride Month. As part of International Pride Month, the Cape Argus will be carrying stories from members of the LGBTQIA+ community to share insights and challenges they face:
#MyQueerlife: Acceptance was the best thing I ever gave myself
The year of 23 was not good to me.
I had been outed by someone close to me and found myself alone in a foreign country and… disowned. Just before I was officially disowned, I was given two choices- denounce my “chosen lifestyle” or live the rest of my life without the love and support of my family.
It was the hardest decision of my life. As much as I desperately wanted to live the lie for the sake of my family, I realised I had spent far too much time in the closet and couldn’t live in it any more. For the first time in my life, I left everyone’s feelings behind and chose me.