19/04/2021 | Writer: Kaos GL

‘How was your day?’ we asked the refugee LGBTI+s. They answered, we translated from Arabic and Farsi and now sharing them with you. Here is the second story: Tasty Dishes

Refugee LGBTI+s talk about their days: Tasty Dishes Kaos GL - News Portal for LGBTI+

Kaos GL Refugee Rights Program aims to facilitate LGBTI+ refugees' access to basic rights, official bodies and social networks in the cities where they reside, the program provides legal and social advice through lawyers and social workers working within the program. In addition to all this, the Refugee Rights Program organizes developmental and social events on various topics.

Throughout 2020, the program has met with LGBTI+ refugees who speak Farsi and Arabic. Some of these events were online drama workshops. Kaos GL Refugee Rights Program organized 'Storytelling', a sub-branch of drama, workshops with refugee LGBTI+'s on November 23, 25 and 27 led by theatre and performance artist Gökçe Yiğitel. Refugee LGBTI+'s from seven cities participated in the workshops and told their stories.

As of today, we share those stories with KaosGL.org readers by saying "Every day of us is valuable and worth telling". We are here with the second story…


Saturday, November 14

Today is the weekend, I slept late last night as usual, and now I wake up at 3:00 in the afternoon.

I called my non-biological father, like every day. He's mad at me for waking up late because it's going to negatively affect my academic level.

It's a bad start to a day like this. I wanted to make breakfast, but after making my dad angry at me, I got depressed. I took the cold onion dish out of the fridge and ate it without heating.

Then I started studying at my big messy desk. I started to feel burning in my stomach because I was drinking bad energy drinks and drinking too much coffee.

I asked my dad what I should do, and he gave me the name of a drug. But it's weekend, so I have to go to the pharmacy on duty. There are two in my area, and they're both too far away. I decided to go out and get that medicine. I don't like going for long walks but this time the place I went to was quiet and I felt a fresh feeling with the fresh air and a quiet neighborhood. Then I bought the medicine, went home, and took a pill. It was delicious, it tasted like candy. Hehe.

I communicate with my father via computer most of the time. This means that I use the computer from my desk or from the bed for studying or communication and entertainment most of the day. I mean, my hands move and write most of the time.

Although I am a young man and an engineering student, I am a good cook and I prepare tasty dishes, which many students here can vouch for.

I spend my time studying. I avoid contact with people. That's why I don't have any friends here, and I want to keep it that way.

I go for a run four times a week at the small gym in the building just to keep my wellbeing.

My days aren't so different. It's like home, studying, cooking, cleaning, shopping...

Objects (computer, mouse and sponge)

Action (using a computer)

Body part (my hand)

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