You are not alone or sick or different. Just one of us, but a bit more unfortunate since the things you have faced. I really shared your pain while reading your story. Hope that you will find the place which will share the respect that you deserve. Also I admired you since you have not gave up on yourself! Good luck and please know that you are not alone.
It always seemed ridiculous to me that a difference in sexual preferences is such a huge problem in the first place. Differences are what make people special. I would die of boredom in a world where everyone shared the same taste in everything. Where’s the adventure? The spice? We should embrace everyone no matter their skintone, religion or sexual orientation because at the end of the day we’re all people and we’re gonna seek to do what makes us happy. If being with a person of the same sex makes someone happy then I encourage the pursuit of that happiness! Sadly, individuals who stray from the status quo of heterosexual relationships find themselves being labeled as deviants, ridiculed at every turn and in some instances even physically abused! THIS IS NOT RIGHT!!! I hope people try to develop tolerance and acceptance for love though different from their own makes their love no less valid.
July 19, 2017
Dear Shanara, I'm a 22 year old polysexual woman living in Jamaica. I always knew I was different growing up. It was very hard because I was raised in a Christian home and I always felt detached from my family. When I was 16 I told my mother I had a girlfriend. She was devastated. From then it went downhill. I had to leave home. I had nowhere to go. It was very hard. I struggled alot. It set me back in so many ways. I got molested, raped, abused, taken advantage of etc. I was near death at one point. But I survived. I left home four different times and since the last, I haven't gone back. My relationship with my family is civil now and I wish it could be better but if they don't learn to accept me then that will not happen and I've grown to be ok with that.
Jamaica is a very homophobic society. I aspire to be an advocate so that I can help change a lot of the mindsets and help the country to unlearn the negative things. It's very draining but I'm determined to pull through.
Yours sincerely, Kelly-Ann.