Coming of age in London - British, Somali, writer, artist

From Black Looks Mon Jan 21 2013, 10:06:59

I moved to London when I was seventeen and I love the city and all it's beautiful complexities. I instantly felt more at home in London because it was the first time I had been to a gay bar, it was the first time I had experienced love in it's purest form. London is also the place where I truly came of age. It was here that I discovered crucial facets of my identity, whether it was my sexuality or my relationship with the world outside of my own community, which is to say my family. So if anything I consider myself a Somali-born, British writer and artist. It took me a while to own this identity and I'm proud of it.

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