As a queer kid, I came into this experience very weary and nervous for my home stay experience and whether or not I would be able to open with my host family about my identity. I had expected my family to be homophobic or not accepting of me, since I know the LGBTQ community is still new to many countries and cultures. To my surprise though, my family was one hundred percent accepting of me and had absolutely no problem with me. In fact, in many ways they were more accepting than a lot of people back home. Personally, this experience has shown me the importance of not believing stereotypes created by single narratives like the belief that all Africans are homophobic, and focus more in viewing people as individuals and not members of groups.


A few picstures of me and my host family