I grew up in Saudi Arabia and then Pakistan. The first time I knew there was a name for people like me was when I accidentally stumbled upon a youtube video of Pepa and Silvia from Los Hombres De Paco. That is when I first realized I was not alone, I was not unnatural, not evil, not a perversion. My world changed. I came out to those around me. In times of prosecution, I would look up to popular representations of strong, independent females and queer characters and find the strength to fight on. Years later, I am a filmmaker, and an LGBTQI+ and female rights activist. None of this would have been possible without adequate LGBT representation.
Oso gonplei nou ste odon. It has only just begun.
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