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Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Muslim and gay

Gays do exist in the Islamic world, and some of them are even happy. This is the good news in a new book by the editor of the gay Muslim magazine Huriyah, Afdhere Jama.

The book is called Illegal Citizens: Queer Lives in the Muslim World, and follows the lives of 33 gay people in 22 countries.

Jama says he wanted to tell of the suffering but also found some happy lives. However, it's not all pleasant for Muslims who are gay. "Horrible, horrible things happen," he says. "In many of these countries, people disappear without a trace. And that happens only because gay and lesbian Muslims have no voice. They can't object to abuse because, as far as anyone is concerned, they don't exist."

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