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Jo, 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 Iā€™m very secure in my black gay identity, and now in the 21st century with the emergence of self identity, Iā€™m a firm believer in individuals identifying with whichever gender or non-gender they so wish.

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