Interview with Foyez Jitu (@itsfoyezjitu)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I’m a 19-year-old British Bangladeshi born and raised in London. The very diverse city of London has allowed me to speak up and stand up for rights that matter to me. I’ve been battling the LGBTQ+ Rights within the South Asian and Muslim communities and trying to open up people’s narrow views to the world. I wanted to raise more awareness that gays do exist and I wanted to talk about the topic of conversation more, as it is a huge struggle to talk about taboo topics and issues like this. I study Digital Film at Ravensbourne University London. This has allowed me to grow my filmmaking skills to help me express my views. I’ve recently made a short documentary called “Closeted Gays” which features in the Muslim Charity called Hidiayah. This is aimed solely to help Gay Muslims struggling with there faith and sexuality to find a place where they can put both together. My documentary featured on their website and YouTube channel. 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

After making videos and film content to speak up for LGBTQ+ Rights. I’ve received so much support from individuals from within the Muslim community and they have also shown huge support to my work. I’ve also gained a lot of attention from people who are against people’s freedom of choice and have also received negativity. But the positive support has overshadowed the narrow-minded comments and remarks I’ve received.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I definitely would recommend staying positive even though tuff times. Because even when the tunnel is dark you will be the light that guides yourself out of the darkness. People seeing you as a positive and strong individual will influence others to be positive too. Mental health is also important. That’s should always come first. Never put in your energy into anything that you know you can’t give your 100% attention too. Otherwise, you will definitely not thrive and you will eventually burn out. 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

The year 2020 has hit me hard. From being raped at the beginning of January. To come out to my family & friends in February. To then attempting to end my life in March and getting stuck in a hospital for a stupid decision I made. On top of all that lockdown has been the worst. Month after month something has happened to me. Mental health is a struggle for a lot of people during a lockdown. For me, it has been super hard. I wanna just thank everyone who’s been very supportive during this whole journey I’ve been on. A lot of people I know still won’t understand me and my life choices. I respect that. But I’ve come to the understanding I don’t need to make anyone else happy. I’ve still got a lot of self-healing to do which I’ve been able to do in the blessed month of Ramadan. I may be gay but I’m also a Muslim. Nobody can take that away from me. I want to thank my friends & family who have been supportive and know that I am still the same person I’ve always have been. 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I definitely think coming out has helped not only just me. But has helped others going through the same situation too. Even though it’s a small change I think it’s going to make a huge impact in the future. It’s a start to a brighter future.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

I think in life sometimes you have to just take the pieces you are dealt with and try and solve the puzzle yourself. As much as friends and family are important and to help along the way. You need to be bold, be brave, and be you. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

The readers can follow us on (@itsfoyezjitu).

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