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Dealing with homophobia

A selection of HIV/AIDS related personal stories written by different people from all around the world and sent to AVERT.

B Addis

Hi my name is B am 19. I live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.... i am gay i knew that i'm gay befor 8 years when i was grade 5. I'm ashamed of it and even it is unthinkable to expose that i am gay. As ethiopian orthodox church is dominant homosexuality is so punishable abtu 26 yrs in prison that is why am afraid. What can i do? Read more

Zachery

Hi guys, my name is Zachery, and I am 16. You know how people say, "Oh I have known all my life that I was gay," well for me that is not true. The very first person I came out to was my best friend. She is very nice and accepting but I was still worried to tell anyone. That is because my school is basically homophobe high, being gay is a very bad idea there... Read more

Igor

I was eighteen when I lost my virginity. It was a boy I slept with, not a girl. Russia is negatively famous for its homophobic attitudes towards homosexuality. The Russians consider gay people miserable, mental disabled and the most disgusting beings on earth. It's very dangerous to be a gay in this country like Russia. I was beaten by two guys. I chatted with one of them on the Internet.

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Eric 1

Hi my name is Eric and I'm HIV positive. I've always been bullied I've always been humiliated because I'm gay

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Joshua

My name is Josh and im 16. Ive known i was gay since the beginning of my life(where my memories started). Im living in the closet and it does suck but i am fortunate that they're brave people who are out and fighting for our rights. Hopefully one day i can join them and protest with them. My family are homophobic, but i still love them , they are just not exposed and educated on this stuff. My name is joshua and one day i will come out and i am , will be a proud gay human being!

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