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HOPE FROM DESPAIR

EMMANUEL OKOGHENU RAN AWAY FROM HOME OUT OF FEAR OF BEING SENT BACK TO NIGERIA TO BE ‘CURED’. HE IS NOW AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE ALBERT KENNEDY TRUST.

EMMANUEL OKOGHENU

Albert Kennedy Trust Ambassador

Emmanuel Okoghenu, 23, has faced some immense challenges. The son of deeply religious Nigerian parents, he was forced to run away from home at the age of 17 after his abusive father refused to accept that his son was gay. While struggling with homelessness, with the aid of the Albert Kennedy Trust, Emmanuel worked hard to get back on his feet. He completed his A-levels, secured a place at university and now gives back to the charity that supported him by representing them as an Ambassador promoting the organisation’s message to others.

When Emmanuel’s parents found out he was gay, life became almost unbearable at home. His parents prayed every night that he would change, and his father started calling family and friends in search of a cure. Eventually, the situation became so serious that his parents began to discuss sending their son back to Nigeria to get married. When his father became abusive he knew he had only one resort left and that was to run away from home.

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This very special edition of Attitude is our biggest ever. It marks our first annual Pride Awards, which were created to champion the unsung heroes of the LGBT community; all of our 11 recipients grace the cover, and their extraordinary stories are told inside. They will all be honoured at an event in London, hosted by Alan Cumming, on 26 June. This issue also marks Attitude’s 21st birthday, and inside we feature 21 ordinary 21 year olds from the LGBT community who speak about what matters to them as they come of age in Britain in 2015. The issue also includes interviews with Roisin Murphy, Little Mix, Mary Lambert, Aston Merrygold, Kavana, Collabro, actor Layton Williams, and director Bill Condon; as well as features on the rebranding of Switchboard, and a look back at Queen’s iconic Live Aid performance 30 years on. All this, plus our regular fashion spreads, columnists, real life features, travel and fitness.
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