Benji, in his own words:“It is amazing to be back in my home country, Vietnam, and being photographed by Kevin for his unique project.
Hi, my name is Binh. I was born in Saigon in the early 80’s. By the age of 15, I came to Australia as an overseas student to obtain an education. I graduated from High School and then University as a Speech Pathologist. In my life, I have faced some challenges such as having to hide my sexuality and being told by others, at times, that I should have a girlfriend. However, the older I get, the more comfortable I become with my own identity.
Being gay means I have to learn to love myself for who I am regardless of the definitive norms and social expectations. I believe that every human being is free to express their own sexuality. I first came out to my close friends and siblings. The hardest part was telling my parents. To my surprise, their response was “We knew!”. It was a huge relief as I am blessed with understanding and open-minded parents and family. I am lucky and proud to be living in such a beautiful city of Sydney where being openly gay is very much accepted. I embrace my Vietnamese heritage and also love Australia as my second home.”