I want to share how I grew up because I want people to know so that, it would be beneficial to all of them. As an elder son I had a lot of responsibilities and unexpected burdens. Being an MSM this had doubled. I did not have the skills to handle them or address them. At that stage with my orientation, I took sex work as my profession. My sexuality and profession exposed to my friends and I saw their hardships, the exploitation and violence by local thugs, clients and the Police men. I also met those who were chased out of their own families, or isolated by them or imposing more responsibilities because of their sexuality.
Deep in me I felt that I needed to address the inequality and violence we face so I joined SWAM, an organisation by and for MSM. I participated in many trainings and shared my experience with my friends. More and more MSM friends joined me to address issues at police stations and among the thugs. I was also involved in expressing ourselves among our families which mostly created a positive impact on us. Later in 2000 I got trained and joined Siaap as a counsellor. I worked as a counsellor in a government hospital and this brought out my potential. I supported many MSMs, Pregnant women and men from the general public. This was a great opportunity for me to build my skills. I became a supervisor for counsellors and a trainer. Constant reinforcement of my strengths by people at Siaap helped me to build on my strengths.
Now I am more comfortable with my life and with my family. I made positive steps to fulfill my family responsibilities. I always remember the persons who supported me.
Come out with confidence you have great things to achieve.