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Felix, Indonesia

Felix was born in Indonesia but immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was twelve to escape religious persecution. While learning a new language and culture was challenging, Felix has come to love his new country and its ”ability to wholeheartedly embrace multitudes of cultures, identities, and religions.” About winning asylum he says, “This is the first time I have ever felt ‘free’ to be who I am… and my love for this country grew deeper.” One day, Felix hopes to run an organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ people and finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.

Photo credit: Steven Laxton, stevenlaxton.com