The IDENTITY Project

Teaching Assistant, London, UK

Jo Public

What does your identity mean to you?

When I first came out as a black gay man I spent several years trying to find my place on a scene that was predominantly and overwhelming white. As much as I noticed this, I was more excited in gay culture, bars and clubs, music generally and of course men!

However having done black gay workshops and then becoming a DJ, I subsequently learned that, regardless of the prevailing culture, the scene as well as this country that I was born into was mine to feel proud of and claim as my own.

Years of therapy later on in my thirties only confirmed this view and now I’m very secure in my black gay identity, and now in the 21st century with the emergence of self identity, I’m a firm believer in individuals identifying with whichever gender or non-gender they so wish.

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