It isn’t easy to be gay and Muslim. In the same week that Iowa ruled on gay marriage and Vermont voted on it, The New York Times is reporting that gays are risking murder in Iraq by coming out. The headline reports:
In the past two months, the bodies of as many as 25 boys and men suspected of being gay have turned up in the huge Shiite enclave of Sadr City, the police and friends of the dead say. Most have been shot, some multiple times. Several have been found with the word ‘pervert’ in Arabic on notes attached to their bodies.
The article went on to say that the speculation is that these young men were killed by family members. Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders will be following the story in our live show today at 3 pm central called Jihad for Love.
The program is based on a documentary produced by Parvez Sharman, which we wrote about here on Inside Islam a couple of months ago. Sharman, a gay Muslim activist who went all over the Islamic world tracking the plight of gays and lesbians searching to reconcile their sexuality with their faith, will join us today as a guest on the show.
Have you seen Jihad for Love? The documentary trailer is included below if you haven’t. What did you think? Does it upset you that gay men are being persecuted in Iraq? When your faith conflicts with your sexuality how do you reconcile it? Click here to get more information about the show and find out how to listen.