Alexa explains how she found support from her friends after her family rejected her for being a lesbian.
Alexa faced homophobia and discrimination from her family after they found out that she is a lesbian. This experience made her feel unsafe going to public spaces, fearing more discrimination from the community.
I thought ‘if my family can do this to me, how about outsiders?’, so I stopped going to social places.
After dealing with depression and other mental health issues, she found support and acceptance from her friends, who embraced her and her sexuality. They introduced her to LGBTIQ organisations in Zambia, where she was able to get support.
About the author
This interview was conducted by Levy Ngosa, a citizen journalist from Zambia.
Video edits by Julia Dotras.
Stories for Change
‘Stories for Change’ is a series of real-life stories of stigma and discrimination, developed in collaboration with citizen journalists from Malawi, Zambia and Eswatini.
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