KABUL -- After Ahmed gave an interview defending LGBT+ rights to an American TV channel, life in Afghanistan became unbearable. Two months later, the nursing student from Herat had no choice but to flee the country that had been home for 22 years.
"I didn't choose to be a woman inside a man's body," said Ahmed, a pseudonym. "I was born like this. It is not in my hands. I tried to change but I failed. I cannot talk about this anymore."