John / Ghana
“At the younger age of 12 years, I realized I was gay. Right through high school I have always admired and loved being with men. My family did not accept my sexuality because of my mixed culture and religion. I was told if I choose to be who I am, I will be disowned and in order not to disgrace them. I moved and lived outside the country to find love and happiness, which I did.
Due to illness of my mom, I had to return back. We have been a close family and have to be very careful with everything that I do around them. Even though they always wanted me to get married. Coming back home has its own challenges, as my sexuality of being gay is not accepted. It will take a while for my culture to fully accept a gay and lesbian and transgender society. If we come together as one in love and peace, we can make a difference in the society.”