“My mother took me to church, believing that daily prayer could cure my ‘disease.’I believed it too. I thought that if I did not expel my attraction to the same sex, I would end up in hell."
In a recent interview, the up-and-coming South African artist, Nakhane, who will appear at this year’s Summer Nostos Festival, organized by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), tells his story about his journey to reconciling with his sexual identity.
Many people in Greece are on the same lonely journey that Nakhane was. However, a psychological support helpline is here to accompany them on this path, offering substantial help. The helpline “Δίπλα Σου” (By Your Side) 11528 operates with the support of the SNF for the whole of Greece, and is here to listen, to give advice, and answer the questions of LGBTQI+ people and any person who has questions about their sexual identity and gender expression.
In a few days, Nakhane goes up on stage at the Summer Nostos Festival, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), to lift us off with his melodies and demonstrate that in spite of oppression and traumatic experiences, we can not only survive, but thrive. The SNFCC hosted, in collaboration with Athens Pride, a discussion on LGBTQI+ history during the decades before the Stonewall riots. Also, as part of the Athens Pride Week, on June 6, 7, and 8, the SNFCC will be illuminated in the colors of the rainbow flag.
We will also be there, by your side.
Listen to “You Will Not Die” from the album of the same name by Nakhane here.