Dear Tanne, I know it must have been hard for you growing up, having to face all those struggles on your own. I support you and the LBGT community and would love to see Jamaica develop programmes to assist the young LGBT community, social programmes that will help them to find themselves, accept themselves and help build their courage to live for them without fear. I support you I support every lesbian I support every Gay I support every bisexual I support every transgender I am an ally One Love, Jess
April 7, 2017
I am a lesbian living in a homophobic country from a very homophobic family. When I was younger I struggled with being gay. I always knew I liked girl but being raised in the church I followed the path that was “right”, although not right for me. During those years I had no one to turn to, no one to express this turmoil that I was facing in my teenage years. It affected my self-esteem because of fear of being rejected and this caused a string of bad decisions that still affects my personal life today. I tried hard ‘not to be me’; to be someone else and be the person my family and society wanted me to be.
I grew up and learned from my mistakes and developed the courage to live for me and no one else. It took me a while to come into myself and embrace me. I am still not very open about my sexuality, mainly because of my family, however I have now a group of friends now that support me and they are my pillar of strength. I know if had the support when was younger my struggles would have been different. Whilst I appreciate the struggle as it has made into a very strong woman, it was hard and a heavy load to carry on my own.