Ash describes how he lives his life in order to hide the fact that he is gay from his conservative, British Pakistani, Muslim family and reflects on how this makes him feel.
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Ash, 1978- (male, lawyer)
BBC Radio 4
Ash describes his background, coming from a conservative British Pakistani Muslim family, and his upbringing in an English northern mill town. He recalls a happy childhood and his total self-acceptance on realising he was gay. Being unable to reveal the truth about his sexuality to his family he describes how he has found a way to live that satisfies the need for him to be married to a woman in order to keep his family happy and uphold the family honour. He ends by reflecting on his feelings about the deception this involves, over which he feels he has no choice.
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