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Let me introduce myself, I am Julien Mbiada , I am 29 years, I partly grew up in Yaounde and I am representing Proudly Cameroon in Mr Gay World 2014. The competition takes place in Rome, Italy, 24 – 31 August, and I will be competing against 31 other delegates from all over the world.

The reason why I chose to take part in Mr Gay World is bring my support to all organizations fighting to get Cameroon to remove the law criminalizing male to male relations and make a Cameroon where one if free to love whoever he wants without the fear of being prosecuted. Who are we to just someone's feelings ? A life not able to truly express your love is already a life in a prison. I am not after gold, I am not after a tittle, all I wish thru my entering to Mr world is to make my government, African government to understand that we are not bad, we are actually the good the world could every thanks enough. We bring happiness, fun and prosperity. And just as the color of the rainbow, we make a nation colorful, bright and open to the world. We never been against a religion, we never corrupt, we are part of everyone's life but maintain out low profile and focus on perfectioning our duties. We pay out taxes, we adopt orphans and give them a future, we invest and support our nation, our nature... We respect our traditions. ALL WE ASK IN RETURN IS FREEDOM. Is that hard to give ? I am really honoured to get this possibility to represent my country and be able to promote my cause.

The Mr Gay Worl preparation wasn't easy I must say, as I didn't have any sponsor from my Dear country but I wasn't expecting anything in fact, I have support from friends around the world sponsors in Australia -Philippines and so and seeing and reading what everyone is doing to bring peace and love in Cameroon gave me the spirit of patriotism. I am doing what is right for Cameroon and one day I wish to celebrate with all a free an open minded African Country. Why not organizing one of the biggest and extravagan African Mardi gras We ever seen ? :)

As a Gay man in Cameroon, I was lucky to have a wonderful mother that understood me from the young age. I remember I used to find myself different @12yrs old asking mum why ain't I like my friends or other kids, I was feeling like something was either missing or different, by that I mean I was calm, reserve, hated violence , fascinate by culture, art, music and very very caring for others which made me spend most of my time in doors or looking after my grand grand mother during my school holidays I I was not traveling around the globe. Mum told me "I feels different because I am Special." That was all I needed to feel free about myself. Growing up, that sentence helped me a lot to go thru any kinda of discriminations "because I am special she said" and that was enough to make me feel like a free man. I can't say free man when other like me aren't that's why am using "feeling".
As a grown up gay men in Cameroon, it's sad to see how things have changed, people are using the fct that the colonial law still exist to hurt and abuse each either, which makes it hard to be openly gay. I have hurt many died and those in prison to being gay which is also another misuse of the current law. So far we still stand. A work needs to be done, the population need education and that needs to be introduce to the Africans, Camerionians with the help of our leaders. We are the children of this Nation, we feel because of our emotions orientation but we not different that anyone. We eat the same, we dance,drink,study, pray, believe to God or Hallah ... We are part of the society. We deserve what any men an women out there wish to find "Love". And that should not just come from aboard. We deserve to be looked at Cameroonians not as a Menace because we far from being one.

I hope my message can be send via this new paper, and help the world to Undertand that Cameroon is on the way to a beautiful future. That's part of develpment and I challenge our President Electer by Us all to bring du Change.
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N.C.V. (user currently living in BELGIUM) posted for bisexual readers on 28/08/2013 tagged with at the work place, human rights, sexual orientation, illegality of male to male relationships +5
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I am N.C.V. a bisexual and a cameroonian by nationality currently living in Belgium. I worked as a laboratory technician in a health center(X) in Douala-Cameroon,where I was the head of the Biochemistry lab. department for close to two years.One monday afternoon,I was taken aside by the manager(Supervisor) of the clinic and advised me that rumours had circulated in regards to my sexuality.I was further advised that if any basis was found for the rumours,it would affect the possibility for me to continue heading the Biochemistry department.And just after about a week later,the same manager called me up agian and instructed me to limit my duties at the level of sample analyses and not to direct the collection of samples from patients any more.From thence I had to be very careful about anything I said,making sure that I never used the word "we" when describing any activity or even in my life.I was forced to be constantly on my own guard.In light of this and the homophobic harrassement which I started experiencing from my co-workers,I had no other option but to abandon my job to move abroad in september 2007.This experience of discrimination continues to affect me till today.We shall be very happy if the Americian and European NGOs can re-inforce the activities of the local underground NGOs in cameroon address LGBT Issues.Many LGBTI in cameroon are dying in closet just for being who they are by nature.
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hi i was just reading and i could see my self appart being abused by people and friends i was also rejectted by my family and i stayed in jail for some time but ik kept hoping and finally i could leave the country.But i was realy suprise when in europe i met cameroonians leaving here for so long having the same reaction like in cameroon.I couldn't believe that some of them said that homosexuality is abomination some of them even said that the couldn't eat with people like that refering to gays.It's a big shame for people to think like that everyone has the right to leave free and do whatever he want thanks
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