"At the age of six I became best friends with a boy at my school; he didn't act like the others boys as made very clear by my family. I kept my distance from that point and for a large portion of my life attempted to act straight. Hurtful slurs from strangers in my direction said something was wrong with me. Hiding more and more of who I was created a sadness that welled up inside me until I broke down in tears.
When I was at university my dad did not accept that I was into men and thought I was just being spiteful towards him and mum. With my mum, I assumed she always knew; I mainly had female friends and had a penchant for adorned wedding gowns! She would even call me to the TV whenever the wedding programmes were on.
I consider myself more spiritual than religious and feel very connected to nature and the universe. The most important thing to me in life is to have good intentions: I desire to love and be loved. Society has a way of teaching you that boys do not cry and a sensitive man is somehow less of a man but I am more than my gender, my race and my sexuality"