Hello, my name is Hanan Khan. At first you might think that I am Indian because of my last name KHAN. Well, yes, my ancestors are from India, but I was born and raised in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I came to the United States Of America in 2015 as an International Student, and I am still an International Student. During last year, the year of dooms days of quarantine, and Covid scare. I have been encouraged by the presence of the strong women in my current school, Mount Holyoke College, to embrace who I am. I have come out to my family as a lesbian during 2020. Which was both liberating and terrifying.
I have come out to my family, but I am still new to the LGBTQ community. I would love to have the flag of pride shine on my head. I love Rainbows colors. I would wear it with Pride because I earned it. I had to leave everyone I know behind to earn my Pride. I was rejected by my own mother to earn it. And I am pretty sure society will not accept me in Saudi for being a lesbian, but you know what I am happy to have found my identity last year. I own it to myself to celebrate the PRIDE I earned with all the confidence in me the flad will shie because my soul has the prober home for it now. My body and soul are finally unified. I am Gay and proud!!
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