I wanted to change things but that made me more of a target.
They never knew that I am running because of my sexual orientation.
Now, my life is filled with optimism and I am very grateful to have an opportunity for a new life where I can safely express myself in all aspects - especially my gay identity.
I’m able to walk the world as a queer person here.
Don’t be afraid to be who you are. There is always a way.
I couldn’t even tell him that I am gay.
I left Nigeria on Dec 20, 2017 and I arrived in the USA the following day. I left Nigeria because I’m a gay man and I was abducted, beaten and molested. This nightmare continued with blackmails and death threats with photos dropped off at my office and my home.
I like knowing that I’m pushing something forward.
I finally am who I was supposed to be always.
In public you’re just not safe as a gay person.
I’ve been able to live freely and happy as a gay man.
I was assigned female at birth. My gender identity is non-binary.
As a fashion icon, I can't tell u about everybody else's closet, I can only tell u about mine, and it's time I've come out.
It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.
One of the important things about being out, especially at the beginning of the protests given my platform, is that I didn’t want people to think that the only way that I had a platform was by hiding. I didn’t want any gay young boy or girl or trans person to think that the only way to make an impact is to hide your identity. So it was important to be publicly out really early. With that said, I spent so much time on the issues of policing and writing about structural things that I just wasn’t writing about myself at all.
It started out as a tweet: “Just because you didn’t know doesn’t mean I was hiding.” I’ve been in “the quiet,” not the closet. People can tell you about their identity on their own terms, but just because you didn’t know doesn’t mean someone was hiding this big secret from you. And so many of us are waiting for other people to signal that they also are in the Quiet, so they can realize that they’re not alone. I think about what happened at the protests — all of a sudden the Quiet is able to make noise.
Being queer means to love and think outside of construct and constraint. What a glorious, freeing thing.
Everybody’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.
It’s so important to share and show what we’re defending. Our ability to fantasize, our ability to dream beyond what is happening right now, our ability to come together, hang out and be our fabulous selves.