Hello! My name is Dhruv Patel AKA Dave. I come from a mixed background (Half Gujarati-Indian, hence the Patel surname & half Italian). This mixed heritage played a significant role in my life as a gay youth.
In elementary school I was made fun of because I was different. I liked to play sports with the boys, act like them and even dress like them.
It never really occurred to me that being gay would change me as a person. It helped me change my way of thinking, it helped me to think of life in a more positive way.
Although this video may show common similarities with many coming out stories, the main reason why I wanted to make this video was to shine light on LGBTQ minority communities, especially within South Asia.
Sabrina Jalees had the courage to tell her Muslim family she was gay. Her dad was shocked and knew he had to make a choice.
Boys don’t cry. This is what we’re told when we are young men. Boys don’t cry, nor do they show emotion. Our gender roles are assigned to us long before we are even born. Boys do not wear pink, boys play sports.
For me, and for a large majority of the LGBT community, coming out is a process. It is not a mere one-time event, it is a continuum and a range spanning from not being “out” at all where no one is aware of your identity or your orientation (maybe you might not even be aware of it yourself) to all the way being completely “out” where everyone knows who you are and you hold no part of yourself back.