Needless to say, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender even in 2020 means living with daily discrimination , rejection and mental trauma. After being abused and marginalized by society, many even take drastic steps such as ending their own lives. One of them was fashion model Aweng Ade-Chuol who said she attempted suicide after the hatred she received over her sexuality. Also Read - Navy Sailor Found Dead Due To Bullet Injury In INS Betwa cabin
However, not bowing down to bullies, she has now reacted to homophobic abuse from her community by appearing on the January cover of Elle UK magazine kissing her wife Alexus. The couple married in New York, where they lived until a recent move to London, in December 2019. Also Read - After Vikas Gupta Revelation, Netizens Question Priyank Sharma About His Sexuality
As per an Independent report, Ade-Chuol, was born in a refugee camp in Kenya after her parents fled the Sudanese civil war. In an interview with Elle UK, Aweng said backlash from the South Sudanese community over her sexuality and marriage had driven her to attempt suicide, saying ‘literally the whole of my community, were wishing that I passed, in a way.’
‘A few months later, I attempted [suicide]. It was really absurd, because subconsciously I felt I was maybe drained by the fact we’d got married. It’s still a discussion now, like, “How dare she marry a woman?“
‘For me, it was like, with the political climate that’s going on, you really think that my marriage is the most significant thing in your life right now? It was saddening, because it was the happiest day of my life, and they couldn’t let me enjoy it.’
The model has said that she is in a “much better place”, and has received many supportive messages since she told the world how she was feeling.