Credits: “International Queer Migrant Film Festival”
*This article is part of the interviews conducted with LGBT activists from the Balkan region
It was a very difficult time for me while I was living in Ljubljana. I call myself an activist, I use activism throughout art.
We included 4 countries from the Balkan area (Serbia, Macedonia,Albania and Kosovo) and we will use the method of art and film festivals to break down the stereotypes regarding LGBT issues and enhance the knowledge on human rights, through exhibitions, film screenings and workshops for youth.
In my spare time ,individually I am helping many young gay people who are still living in Macedonia, in finding for them a way how to leave and start a new life in a place where they can be free for who they are.
I always knew that I would never have a free safe life where I can be myself and not be judged by society based on my sexual orientation. At that moment i started laughing because I couldn’t believe what was happening, but also
I truly believe that everything happens for a reason in life, andFor many years I was also asking myself “why all of this happened to me”, so in regards to this I can only say how grateful I am that I went through hell and back, because I wouldn’t be the person that I am today, and I would never have learned what it means to really forgive and most important how to truly love and take care of others.
My life is getting there slowly, sometimes it is very difficult since But when I realize that for so many years I was worried about my own pain and my own survival, and after I started to travel and meet survivors who escaped war, prejudice and rape, my life completely changed. I know now that my life wouldn’t mean anything if it’s not of use to others, and I couldn’t be more grateful and happy that I am the person who gives them a voice, since I never had one back in Macedonia.