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Miriam hid her sex from her strict Muslim moms and dads for decades. Them, she found it impossible to translate “lesbian” into Punjabi or Urdu when she eventually did come out to. She describes the way the conversation place a conclusion to her double life “playing the right woman” but caused a rift therefore deep that her daddy disowned her.
“we always knew I became drawn to exactly the same gender – who are only 4 or 5, whenever I kissed my closest friend when you look at the cloakroom, we knew then.
“But it absolutely wasn’t until I became in university that we first began checking out. We got the online world in the home and there was clearly a dial-up computer in my own cousin’s space – it had a lock in the home.
“we familiar with go on Yahoo chat, i recall often I pretended I became a man, with regard to talking to ladies. Then from 18, 19, we thought, ‘maybe i must try to find lesbian women’. “
Miriam* spent my youth in a conventional muslim family members in Bristol where her grandfather “ruled the roost”, with Islamic sermons and prayers 5 times on a daily basis. Continue reading