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When he came out to the world back in 2013, author and activist Nemat Sadat broke new ground and challenged taboos by becoming one of Afghanistan’s first openly gay public figures. After being forced out of his home country for his outspoken and unapologetic attitude towards his sexuality, Nemat began to advocate for LGBT+ rights across the Middle East. Here, he tells us his story…

When I came out as gay, I received a tsunami of hate – curses, condemnations, and even death threats for publicising my sexuality and campaigning for LGBT+ rights in Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries. My family and nation have disowned me, and I’ve suffered from homelessness and poverty as a result. A fatwa issued against me puts me in danger every time I speak in public.

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