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How has Ahwaa helped you?

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When I first discovered this website, I was hesitant to participate and was surprised to see that I wasn't the only one (naive, I know).

Reading posts made by people going through problems so similar to mine really helped me out and comforted me too seeing how I can't really talk about my issues to people nearest and dearest to me.

The advice and understanding offered has been great and I'm glad to be a part of this community. This site actually smoothed my coming out to myself and accepting who I am.

So, I'd love to know, how has Ahwaa helped you?

  • 17-24_f_b_h1_f2

    sometimes it helps simply realising how less alone you are. this place makes that easier.

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  • 17-24_f_w_h3_f2

    It's knowing that we're not alone in this and that there's a supportive community here that I can just vent out everything to without feeling guilty or judged. That helps a lot.

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  • 25-34_f_f_h1_f2

    What a spectacular idea!!! I hadn't heard about Ahwaa until they published an article in the Gulf Daily News saying people were trying to shut it down. I really hope this gains more momentum... we could start a social evolution (no, not revolution..... Evolution!)

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  • yeah indeed this place is a little like heaven,
    i no longer live under religious/social oppression but the fact that one can discuss it with people
    who have similar life stories, who are going or went through the same things
    is something so absolutely priceless. In the West people usually don't understand where we're coming from and it's kinda hard to explain, like the idea that of course I want to live my sexuality but I don't want to give up on my heritage either, so that always gets people mixed up :) I guess a lot of people here know what I'm talking about and that's why this is a pretty unique place.

    • 17-24_f_w_h1_f1

      Hi lonelynumber, I'm really glad you feel that way. I think having a supportive community who get these kinds of challenges is really important and even more so in societies where these topics are still very taboo or surrounded with negativity. No one should have to feel alone going through these issues. The other thing is that if sites like these get exposed to those who are homophobic or were at least raised to be homophobic, they can really start to feel challenged by these personal stories and real experiences and might as a result become more tolerant or understanding, as opposed to violently hateful. I really believe in the power of personal stories! Both as a comforter and as a way to humanize what many people remain ignorant about. I think such communities can make a big difference.

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