A gay dancer from Birmingham has spoken to the BBC about the experience of having to isolate himself in the home of his homophobic parents.
Twenty-three-year-old Sam, whose theatre career has been interrupted by the pandemic, had no choice but to move back in with his mother & father - ‘strict’ Christians - even though they don’t accept his sexuality.
"My mum says that homosexuality is an evil disease and that the devil is making me gay,” Sam told the BBC. “She loudly prays every day that I'll be delivered from sin and find a wife.
"I genuinely have nowhere else to go during this mad time, so I'm just putting up with the abuse."
Sam told his parents he was gay while he was living away at university. "They didn't take it well at all and time hasn't changed things.
"I see on social media that people are so busy filming home workouts, and holding online parties, that they don't realise there are people like me struggling to stay alive right now. Not because of the coronavirus, but because of their sexuality."
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