This is Markus van Driel. Driven by passion, motivated by life.
His story isn’t that different from the stories of many other gay professionals.
Life in the closet
The first years of his life he spent in the closet, where, instead of embracing your identity, you feel ashamed of who you are.
You doubt yourself, and question what is wrong with you because you are so different.
"My defense mechanism was to destroy my self-confidence," he says. "Instead of recognising I found somebody attractive, I just put myself down; Why am I unattractive? Why am I so un-cool and un-popular?"
"I wanted something that is worth it; love, a connection.You do everything you can to fit in, and 'be normal'. That certainly was my life.
Coming out and connecting with the gay community.
Then you come out and discover the gay community. A highly sexualised life that appears to be about sex, hot bodies and parties. An ideal image and lifestyle that is difficult to live with.