Ryan didn’t have the words to describe his identity. Now he feels more complete

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09/09/2023

Ryan Tran says he felt like he was living in two worlds. He was an out and proud gay man when speaking English, but among his Vietnamese community, words failed him. “When I wanted to talk to my friends and family, I wanted to talk about my identity, and I wanted to explain those terms to them. “I couldn’t find equivalent terms in Vietnamese, and I had to use English instead, and I felt incomplete when I couldn’t use my own language to explain myself to people that I love and care about,” he told SBS News. It led him to join a team creating an online dictionary of LGBTIQ+ terminology in seven different languages for Australians, and a service that pairs people with translators.

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