My grandfather loved watching Westerns. John Wayne films were his favorite. As a child, I would watch him transform his hands into guns and shoot out at the television. So it made perfect sense to me when a pair of cowboy boots helped me to come out at work.
People of Colour
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.
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.
I grew up in a village setting in Kiruhura district with my family. My family had a very concrete religious foundation that never tolerated anything against the normal African family setting.
I always wanted to be a father one day. And as soon as I decided to come out of the closet as gay, I started thinking about how I could go about doing so.
I always remember from my school days going to bed and doing all kinds of thinking. Alone in my room, I would always pray, God, when I wake up in the morning, please make me normal. I used to feel such low self-esteem and low confidence. Then in the morning it was just another day with the same feeling.
The story begins with the childhood of young gay boy. When I opened my eyes I was born in religious extremist, conservative, undeveloped and less privileged society.