Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Gay Arabs Face Twice the Amount of Prejudice in Detroit

The Detroit Metro Times published an article about gay Arabs in the US.

In the article, one gay man gives his view:
He says being openly gay is one of the "hardest things you can do as an Arab. It's extremely hard because of your culture, your parents. It's the biggest taboo. It's basically considered filth. Arabs don't understand that it's not a choice; they say, 'America made you that way.'"
"The Arabic community in Dearborn does not respect gay life," says Andy, 25, who was born in Lebanon and moved to the United States with his family when he was 5.
"They think you're a sick person, that you're not supposed to live. They think it's
against God's rules.
"But God will always love me," he says. "I was born like this and it's nothing to be ashamed of."
The story's pretty good - it's not too in-depth, but it gives some good stories. Definitely worth a read.


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