I met a lady during my years of torture
She said to me:
If my child identifies as gay
He will die.
Why? I asked.
The mental torture
The emotional trauma
That which comes with being gay
Is like carrying a double measure of life’s burdens
That is enough to cause death.
I nodded and then I said to her
That I am gay and not doubly burdened
How do you do it? she asked
Shock at my admission evident in her voice
By taking each day as it comes, I said.
One step at a time
I don’t dream of a better future
Dreaming only wastes my current energy
I don’t dwell on past troubles
Worrying only takes away the strength I need to do today
I regard everyday as a reason to smile
Every breath as a reason to stay happy
Written by Edafe Richie Okporo