My parents used to always tell me about people who were stoned in our country for transgressing in terms of their sexuality or gender identification. It was a fear that they would engrain in me. And whenever I would misbehave they would threaten to send me back home. So, I associated the culture with brutality. It’s one of the primary reasons why it took me so long to come to terms with my identity and so long to transition. I feel grateful that I have had a chance to start expressing who I am. I’m finally in a space where I can deal with a lot of that trauma.
Some people continue to live in the shadows of their families’ expectations.