I have always known from a young age that I was gay, but I kept it to myself for a very long time.
In Zimbabwe, where I come from, it is illegal so I could not be open about my sexuality.
I worried if I stayed in Zimbabwe my life would be at risk so in 2014, I left to seek asylum in the UK.
I’ve now been granted refugee status and I have the freedom to live my lie as who I really am.
I want people to understand it is still illegal in some African countries, like Zimbabwe, to be gay.
I want increased recognition of the way gay and lesbian individuals are treated and that LGBT refugees seek asylum status in the UK as they fear for their lives.
Tilly and Bella
Shak & Natasha