"I think quite simple coming out as a gay man to my parents was probably the most difficult challenge I have ever faced. Growing up through my teenage years in a middle class, conformist and highly conservative environment convinced me that I could never reveal my true identity to anyone. Like many, I felt ashamed and dirty.

However, when I made the move to Sydney aged 21, everything changed. I quickly realised that the majority of people really didn't care what your ethnicity or sexual preferences were. I am the youngest sibling in my family and the only boy, and I felt like I had failed both my parents. However, they have accepted me for who I am and they still love me all the same. And that is more than enough for me"

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