I'm A Gay Middle Eastern Woman And Persecution Is Not What I Fear The Most

08/07/2017 06:56 BST | Updated 08/07/2017 06:58 BST

Rola is a PR professional from Edmonton, Canada, currently living in London, England. Her parents were both born and raised in Lebanon, meaning that she grew up completely immersed in Middle-Eastern lifestyle and culture.

Having experienced first hand the struggles and difficulties of being both from the Middle-East and identifying as gay, she hopes to shed light on the obstacles that those from the Middle-East face, especially women, when seeking a life alternative to that pre-determined.

In this vlog for HuffPost UK, Rola talks about why many Middle Eastern people struggle to come out to their families - not just for fear of persecution, but also for fear of how their families will react and be treated in their own communities.

For more information on Rola's work, visit, and follow her on Instagram @codeverity