“Growing up in a strict Vietnamese household and coming to the realisation of my sexuality was an enormous struggle for me. I grew up feeling really selfish and guilty. My parents fled to this country amidst a war and gave me everything – a home, food, an education and all they wanted from me was to get a good job and marry a man and have children and to do all this in a way that was free from all the hardship they had to go through. So coming out to my parents was the hardest and most painful experience of my life because in one moment I knew I was shattering many of the dreams they had envisioned for me as their daughter. It was very difficult at first, and I had never felt so lonely and vulnerable in all my life but it was at the same time, the best thing I ever did because all this shame, all this guilt, all this weight I had carried for so long about who I was had finally lifted. I had finally accepted that being me and being gay is completely ok - it doesn’t make me love my parents any less. I still want to find a good job, to get married and have children but with a woman I adore and love incredibly one day.”

Growing up in a strict Vietnamese household and coming to the realisation of my sexuality was an enormous struggle for me. I grew up feeling really selfish and guilty. My parents fled to this country amidst a war and gave me everything – a home, food, an education and all they wanted from me was to get a good job and marry a man and have children and to do all this in a way that was free from all the hardship they had to go through. So coming out to my parents was the hardest and most painful experience of my life because in one moment I knew I was shattering many of the dreams they had envisioned for me as their daughter. It was very difficult at first, and I had never felt so lonely and vulnerable in all my life but it was at the same time, the best thing I ever did because all this shame, all this guilt, all this weight I had carried for so long about who I was had finally lifted. I had finally accepted that being me and being gay is completely ok - it doesn’t make me love my parents any less. I still want to find a good job, to get married and have children but with a woman I adore and love incredibly one day.”

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