Remember the dark ages when same sex relationship was illegal? Yeah? Well, I'm still living it! Not deliberately of course!
I live in Iran, which as you might know bans any sort of same sex activity. It is very ugly and sad, and let's just say being gay in Iran is fatal!
I have survived the situation in the closet! Don't want to get to details of what I've been through my life, and all the restrictions imposed which literally impaired me to do anything really to save myself! Nevertheless, I always kept moving forward, hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.
I reached the point where, I couldn't/didn't want to hide and pretend anymore. I was sick of the closet and wanted to proudly be gay, to be who I truly am. I reached out to many many LGBTQ support organisations abroad for help, but they all turned my down saying that they couldn't support me in Iran.
What finally shone a way to my freedom was my education. My BA in English literature and MA in French literature, led to a PhD offer at UK. Finally, a way to pursue my studies abroad, and to be proud and accepted of my identity.
Actually I have received three offer letters to study English literature, one from the University of Birmingham, the other from the University of Exeter, and one from Canterbury Christ Church University.
However, my scholarship applications were not successful, unfortunately. They were very competitive and of course due to current situation worldwide, there were some shortcomings in the budgets. The economical crises in Iran also impairs me to even come close to funding the PhD.
Therefore, I turn to you now, as my final effort to save myself. Sounds a bit selfish. Even I wonder if I deserve it, with everything going on in our world, but I have great plans to give back every penny and more.
Give me the opportunity, and I'll know first hand, what it means to be given support, and I will give support when my turn comes.
Ask me anything, I'm more that glad to chat.