Melvin, in his own words: “Growing up as a gay middle class Indian American my struggles were nominal at best, but coming out is universally challenging. My need to make peace with my sexuality, faith, and self-image, along with parental and cultural expectations delayed the full-speed adolescent gay train within. Once I had the courage to come out, I realized I had built walls up between myself and those who unconditionally loved me. It didn’t all change overnight, and there are still periodic awkward conversations and tears, but I embraced my new role as living awareness campaign, educator.
My journey, our journey, continues. With courage, love, and authenticity; we must share our stories, it is how we will make our mark on this world.”