Growing up in a strict Catholic family, I was raised to believe that being gay was a sin. Then my cousin Will came out, and nothing was the same since.
Saddled with a debt I couldn’t pay, I resorted to begging to feed my family. But when I was given an opportunity to get my life back on track, I took it without hesitation.
When my boyfriend broke up with me, I starved myself to win him back. But it was the crushing realisation that came afterwards that changed me for the better.
In true Malaysian ‘kepoh’ style, when my friends found out my boyfriend was Syrian, they started sharing their ‘concerns’ — most of which were racist and ignorant.