Category: queer stories

Unwanted and Unwelcome? Stories of Bulgarian LGBTI+ migrants

In 2021, I conceptualised and guest edited a feature series for the Bulgarian LGBTI+ portal titled Unwanted and Unwelcome[1]. Its aim was to provide a space for LGBTI+ Bulgarians who live abroad to speak about their experiences with migration, including work, family, community life, successes and challenges, and anything else they wanted to share. This short article presents the rationale behind the series and summarises some of the main conclusions that I drew from the 19 stories we published.

How Christianity played an unexpected role in my coming out

I was born in a small town in northern Bulgaria in the late 1970s, in a typical small-town family. Religion was banned, or at least severely restricted, by the state and no one in my family was religious. We followed the traditions that everyone else in our environment followed but no one was praying, preaching, or speaking about heaven and hell […]

“Love thy neighbour” – call for contributions

I’m launching the first “feature series” on this website, which aims to explore the experiences of LGBTI+ people (and our allies) with religion, faith, church, and spirituality. LGBTI+ people’s relationship with religion is, let’s say, strained. The three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – and their followers are usually (very) negative towards us. […]