‘MY PARENTS WERE SUPPORTIVE OF ME’
I first realised I was a girl trapped in a boy’s body when I was just 12. It took me time to come to terms with my sexuality. Eventually, when I did, I told my parents. I was around 17 at the time, so I told them gradually; I didn’t break the news to them all of a sudden, as I didn’t want to shock them. Luckily, they weren’t surprised with my admission, because they had been observing my behaviour ever since I was a child. They were supportive of me. They offered me a neutral perspective, and explained to me the good and bad aspects of coming out. My parents’ only worry was what would happen to me once they passed away. Over time, they started convincing my extended family to support my decision to come out. Eventually, I won my battle.