For most of his life, Prashanta Ray kept a secret from his family.
He is gay, and he feared how his conservative parents would react if they found out.
But when a sibling outed him without his permission, Prashanta said it was far worse than he ever imagined.
"I was confronted by them, I had locked myself in my room because I felt very vulnerable and unsafe," he said.
"They had essentially broken down the frame of my door, gone in and physically attacked me, telling me that I should be more of a man and then essentially trying to push me back into the closet."
He added: "There's a part of you that hopes that because they are your family they would understand you for being you, but of course there's a cultural and religious implication of coming out which makes it difficult for them to accept their children."
Things got even worse when the coronavirus lockdown started.
The 25-year-old says he felt trapped behind closed doors with his increasingly hostile family, and endured daily verbal abuse from which there was no respite.
Prashanta left home, and with help from a charity found a room at a YMCA in Essex, where staff say they have seen a rise in young gay people seeking refuge since the beginning of the pandemic.
"We've seen an incredible increase in people being homeless - we've had an 80% increase in applications during COVID, and a percentage of those are young people who have come out to their parents, and said - I am gay," said Brian Cooke, director of housing at YMCA Thames Gateway.
He told Sky News he believes that restrictions turned some homes into pressure cookers and made it difficult for those hiding their sexuality from relatives to keep up appearances.
"Before lockdown people could, if they felt they had to, hide and they could get relief by leaving the house, or going to their friend's house and going to different groups - during lockdown that has not been available," he said.
LGBTQ+ homelessness charity akt says calls to helplines surged as coronavirus restrictions tightened.
The number of young people seeking help from akt in April 2020 was 108% higher than in April 2019, and by June rose to 190% more referrals than in June 2019.
The charity had to temporarily pause the service in September because it breached capacity, and hire more caseworkers to handle the demand.
But akt warns that young people should weigh up the risks of coming out while the country is gripped by coronavirus.
"Generally, our advice is to wait until the pandemic is over so there is better support - you can access support more readily, more easily," said Hayley Speed, the assistant director of services at akt.
"You hope people's responses will be positive and embracing at all times but I think at the moment, it might have been that additional stresses on family are going to make that really hard."
With restrictions likely to last for months more, that's a bleak prospect for many young people for whom being open with their families could mean losing their home.