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ON THERUN FOR A FUTURE

TEENAGER YUSSUF REZK HAS RECEIVED DEATH THREATS FOR BEING ONE OF THE VERY FEW OPENLY GAY MEN IN EGYPT, ONE OF THE WORLD’S WORST COUNTRIES FOR HOMOSEXUALS. NOW, FEARING FOR HIS LIFE, HE TRIES TO ESCAPE THE COUNTRY.

Six years ago, the cry for change in Cairo’s streets echoed. Millions of people gathered with the aim to overthrow the regime and establish democracy in Egypt. The people had spoken. They also wanted freedom, equality and brotherhood. Six years later, little has changed.

For the LGBT+ community, the situation has worsened. Nineteen year- old Yussuf Rezk is among the very few to come out of the closet in Egypt. His courage has cost him his family and friends, maybe for good, as he fights for his right to express his love.

“The police and established society in Egypt are against everything that is different. I get shit thrown at me from random people in the street. Sometimes I’m harassed and physically abused. It’s not safe at all to be open about your sexual orientation here,” Yussuf says.

The time is 7pm on a Friday. It’s the calm before the “storm” in Cairo’s nightlife. Yussuf and his friend Mahmoud share a tired sofa on the sixth floor of an anonymous building in the city centre – just a few blocks away from Tahrir Square where the revolution sparked and Mubarak was overthrown. A call for democracy and to give people their rights.

“Vodka or red wine?” Mahmoud raises his eyebrows in question holding his phone, with the speed dial ready.

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Got Woodward? In the latest issue of Gay Times, we get our hands on the newest Hollyoaks Hunk, Adam Woodward. Elsewhere in this issue: RuPaul's Drag Race season 9 winner Sasha Velour on the importance of history; a day in the life of one of the few openly gay men in Cairo; the state of homosexual equality in the commonwealth; the next generation of queer kids; Rainbow Riots in Uganda; up close and personal with the stars of Gay Britannia; Martine McCutcheon on her affinity to gay men; Philip C Baldwin on being ostracised by the community when he was diagnosed with both HIV and Hepatitis C; plus style, travel, culture and much more!
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