Growing up feeling and knowing that you are "different" can be very challenging especially during adolescence. Growing up thinking and feeling that you are "bad", "sinful" and/or "evil" – with shame and self-hate can be detrimental to your emotional, mental and physical health. Growing up as LGBT in an Arab family, in an Arab society where tradition, ritual and religious beliefs run very deep, can be very, very difficult and overwhelming.
Well, we’re here to let you know that there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with you. You are not bad or evil. You have a different sexual orientation or gender identity – THAT IS ALL. Nothing more and nothing less. You are a blessing and a gift. You are loved and you certainly are not alone. You are also stronger than you think you are. Human beings can be very resilient. Please take a few moments and watch the following videos made by 3 gay men who happen to be Arab or of Arab origin. They talk about their struggles and how life has changed for them – to the better. They are proof that it DOES get better.
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