Ali Haidar 2022 Finalist
- 29 Years of age
I want this to mean something to someone else out there and to inspire others who are dealing with their identity to live as their authentic and proud selves.
I never had a role model or anyone that I could relate to or look up to. Growing up gay was challenging for me.
Dealing with self-acceptance and outside influences telling me what I am and who I shouldn’t be is wrong, made it so much more difficult for me.
I began to resent myself, because of the environment I was born into and people I had surrounded myself with.
I don’t want others to go through the same, or at least make it easier for them.