Binh, Speech Pathologist, Ho Chi Minh City

photo  by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
Photo by Kevin Truong
Photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong

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.”

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