I was born in a generation where discrimination about LGBT was high and intolerable. Gays were always being subjected to a lot of ridicules and hatred. When I was young, I used to experience a lot of pain and hardship because of my sexual orientation. Some of my relatives and family members hated the idea that I was born gay. It was a common thing for me to be bullied in school. I was also excommunicated by my own religion. I was denied of my faith and I was ridiculed and humiliated by many. They thought that gays will never reach anything in life and they will only end up alone and sad someday. This kind of perception of people around me made me so confused about LGBTIQ, and so my real sexuality.
Years later, as I tried to prove my worth and potentials with the people around me I was able to gain their respect again. I was able to prove to them that my sexuality, and my preference in life, has nothing to do with my abilities and so my success. My family, specially my father, is now proud of my simple achievements and my sister becomes my greatest supporter in whatever things I am doing. They are my fans and my strength. As we celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, let us understand that the best way to end discrimination against LGBTIQ is to put more love and understanding within our family. Everyone has the right to be respected and everyone has the right to be loved.
Brian Kevin Par
YVC Core Working Group Member