In an act of utter defiance Hussein Sabat, who’s boyfriend was beheaded three years ago, fights back against homophobia and Islamic Extremists by having a Mr. Gay Syria competition.
Twenty four year old hairdresser Hussein Sabat was one of four Syrian men to compete in a Mr. Gay Syria competition in Istanbul this year. The men did strip-teases and danced in high heels to impress the judges at the competition, which named Hussein as the winner, crowning him Mr. Gay Syria.
Sabat and the other contestants hoped to show the world that Syrian gay men are not just bodies to be thrown off buildings, but rather they are to be celebrated in their own right. The runner-up, William, is pictured below mid strip-tease!
William performs at the Mr Gay Syria competition in Istanbul, Turkey. This is the latest story I've been working on, and tells the tales of the five competitors. William came second place overall. William fled Turkey for Greece and is now stuck in Athens, looking for asylum in Europe and wanting to move to Germany or Sweden. #lgbt #refugee #asylum seeker #gay #mrgaysyria #kutmaan
“I was with Zakaria for four years,” said Sabat, “but three years ago ISIS beheaded him. They sent the execution video to his family […] I couldn’t speak for a month,” reveals the brave man. Mr. Gay Syria chooses not to let fear of ISIS dictate his life, declaring “I hate them more than I’m scared.”
Since Islamic extremists threaten the LGBT community in Syria, who are forced to conceal their sexuality for fear of being murdered, Sabat is currently campaigning for more Syrian refugees to be granted asylum in Europe.
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